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Alaska at War, 1941-1945

The Forgotten War Remembered

Over the course of the past two hundred years, only one United States territory has experienced foreign occupation: Alaska. Available for the first time in paperback, Alaska at War brings readers face to face with the North Pacific front in World War II. Wide-ranging essays cover the war as seen by Alaskan eyes, including the Japanese invasion of the Attu and Kiska islands, the effects of the war on Aleutian Islanders, and the American campaign to recover occupied territory. Whether you’re a historian or a novice student interested in this pivotal period of American history, Alaska at War provides fascinating insight into the background, history, and cultural impact of war on the Alaskan homefront.

474 pages | black and white photos | 8 1/2 x 11 | © 2008

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Table of Contents


 Georgeanne L Reynolds            Introduction and Acknowledgments 


 Dean C. Allard            Naval Views on the North Pacific before and during the World War IIWilliam A. Jacobs            American National Strategy in the Asian and Pacific WarM.V. Bezeau

Strategic Cooperation: The Canadian Commitment to the Defense of Alaska in the Second World War

Brian Garfield            The Thousand-Mile War: World War II in Alaska and the AleutiansHisashi Takahashi            The Japanese Campaign in AlaskaAlvin D. Coox            Reflecting on the Alaska Theater in Pacific War Operations, 1942-1945Buck Delkettie            An Alaskan Scout RemembersWilliam Draper            A Brush with WarGeorge F. Earle            Painting with the Tenth Mountain 


 B.B. Talley and Virginia  M. Talley            Building Alaska’s Defenses in World War IIAdmiral James Russell            Recollections of Dutch Harbor, Attu, and Kiska in World War IIWilliam S. Hanable            Theobald RevisitedFern Chandonnet            The Recapture of AttuAlastair Neely            The First Special Service Force and Canadian Involvement at KiskaGalen R. Perras

Canada’s Greenlight force and the Invasion of Kiska, 1943

George F. Earle            Kiska: Birth of a DivisionTeruo Nishijima            Recalling the Battle of AttuGary J. Candelaria            Tin Can at War: The USS “Monaghan” and the War in AlaskaKarl Kaoru Kasukabe            The Escape of the Japanese Garrison from KiskaM. Joseph Leahy            The Coast Guard at War in AlaskaRalph M. Bartholomew            The Tenth Emergency Rescue Boat Squadron, Eleventh Army Air ForceJoseph M. May and Harold Steinhoff            Life of Adak, 1942-1944Steven M Morrisette            The Story of Three B-24s, Fairbanks, 1942            The Man who Walked out of Charley River 


 Zachary Irwin            Search and Rescue in the Air Transport Command, 1943-1945Chris Wooley and Mike Martz            The Tundra Army: Patriots of Arctic AlaskaRay Hudson            Aleuts in Defense of their Homeland 


 Heath Twichell            The Wartime Alaska Highway: Boon or Boondoggle?William R. Hunt and Alex Hunt            The Wrong Route: Donald MacDonald and the Alaska HighwayNorman Bush            The Alcan Saga, 1942-1943Harry Yost            Snapshots from a Soldier’s ScrapbookJane Haigh

Roadside Development along the Alaska Highway: The Impact of World War II on Military Construction on the Alaska Highway Corridor



 David A. Hales            World War II in Alaska: A View from the Diaries of Ernest GrueningStephen W. Haycox            Mining the Federal Government: The War and the All-American CityBob King            The Salmon Industry at WarMichael Burwell            The SS “Northwestern”: The Ship that Always Came BackFrank Norris

Hollywood, Alaska, and Politics: The Impact of World War II on Films about the North Country

W. Connor Sorensen            The Civilian Conservation Corp in Alaska and National PreparednessHelen Butcher            My Alaska War Years, 1941-1946Gaye L. Goerig            The Civilian Population—SeldoviaTimothy Rawson            World War II through “The Alaska Sportsman” MagazineRonald K. Inouye

For Immediate Sale: Tokyo Bathhouse—How World War II Affected Alaska’s Japanese Civilians

Nancy Yaw Davis            Childhood Memories of the War: Sitka 


 Lael Morgan            Race Relations and the Contributions of Minority Troops in AlaskaCharles Hendricks            A Challenge to the Status Quo?Sylvia K. Kobayashi            I Remember What I Want to Forget


 Dean Kohlhoff            ‘It Only Makes My Heart Want to Cry’: How Aleuts Faced the Pain of Evacuation            The Politics of RestitutionHenry Steward            Aleuts in Japan, 1942-1945Marie Matsuno Nash, Office of Sen. Stevens            An Alaskan Who Was Interned Introduces Remarks by Senator Ted StevensFlore Lekanof Sr.            Aleut Evacuation: Effect on the People 


 Baker B. Beard            The Bradley Mission: The Evolution of the Alaska-Siberia Air RouteDaniel L. Haulman            The Northwest Staging RouteTat’iana Kosheleva            The Construction and Use of the Fairanks-Kranoiarsk Air Route, 1942-1945Alexander B. Dolitsky            Alaska-Siberia Lend Lease to RussiaDavid S. Raisman            The Alaska-Siberia Friendship RouteRichard A. Russell            The Hula Operation 


 Larry Murphy and Daniel Lenihan            Underwater Archeology of the World War II Aleutian CampaignCharles E. Diters

Attu and Kiska, 2043: How Much of the Past Can the Present Save for the Future?

Linda Cook            The Landscape of a Landmark: Strategies for PreservationBarbara S. Smith            Making it Right: Restitution for Aleut Churches Damaged in World War IIJack E. Sinclair

Turning the Forgotten into the Remembered: The making of Caines Head State Recreation Area

R. Bruce Parham

Right Before your Eyes: Finding Alaska’s World War II Records in the National Archives



 John H. Cloe            The Legacy of the WarJohn T. Farquhar

Northern Shield and Drawn Arrow: Alaska’s Role in Air ForceReconnaissance Efforts, 1946-1948

Janice Reeve Ogle            The Air Route Nobody Wanted: Reeve Aleutian AirwaysLeo J. Hannan

A Legacy of World Warf II: Alaska Territorial Guard/Alaska State Guard

Gwynneth Gminder Wilson            A Well-Kept SecretJohn Cloe, Elmer Freeman, and Lael Morgan            Writing about the War R. Bruce Parham            Selected bibliography             Index 

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