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The Japanese invaded two islands, Attu and Kiska, in the Alaskan archipelago in 1942 - mostly to annoy and divert the U.S. A year later, Attu was taken back in a sharp 18-day battle; Kiska was abandoned. Operations in the ALeutians were hampered by incessantly foul weather. Fortunately, a Catalina flying boat was uniquely equipped to land on this snow-covered runway.
Coast Guard Mascots Go to War
Sinbad, the Coast Guard's most famous mascot. He was adopted by a crewman from the cutter Campbell prior to World War II. He was so beloved by the crew that they actually enlisted him in the Coast Guard. Sinbad served faithfully through thick and thin, surviving combat with the Germans and Japanese, causing a few international incidents with his antics, and even having a book written about him! Here he is at his battle station on board the Campbell, ready to take aim at a German U-boat!
World War II: Battle of Midway and the Aleutian Campaign
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The Battle of the Aleutian Islands (June 1942-August 1943) during World War II (1939-45), U.S. troops fought to remove Japanese garrisons established on a pair of U.S.-owned islands west of Alaska. In June 1942, Japan had seized the remote, sparsely inhabited islands of Attu and Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands.
The body of Imperial Japanese Navy Zero fighter pilot Tadayoshi Koga after he was pulled from his crashed aircraft on Akutan Island, Alaska on July 11, 1942 just before being buried. Koga had crashed his aircraft on June 4, 1942 after participating in an air raid on Dutch Harbor.
In the early 1940s the Aleutian Campaign was news throughout the U.S. , as some of the islands in the North Pacific, in what was then the American territory of Alaska, had been invaded and occupied by Japanese troops. Ultimately, long before the war was over, the Japanese were routed from the islands they did occupy. But Allied casualties (U.S. and Canadian) during the year-long campaign to push them off of American territory were in the thousands.
US SOLDIERS WITH CAPTURED JAPANESE FLAG ATTU ISLAND
Image from a US soldiers original photo album who served on the Island of Attu .. part of the Aleutian Islands ,in Alaska . The Japanese invaded the US territory of Attu in June 1942 ..In May of 1943 the US retook the Island after bloody fighting . The battle for the Island finished with one of the largest banzai charges of WW2 ..over 2500 Japanese soldiers were killed ..The US suffered over a 1000 casualities during the brief campaign . feel free to view the world through their…
The Japanese Peace Monument on Attu Island, July 2007. (Wiki: The Battle of Attu, which took place from 11–30 May 1943, was fought entirely between forces of the US and Japan on Attu Island off the coast of Alaska. The action, which was part of the Aleutian Islands Campaign during the Pacific War, was the only land battle of World War II fought on territory that was part of the incorporated territory of the U.S. & only one where Jap & US fought in Arctic conditions.)
Photos: The Pacific and Adjacent Theaters in WWII
This is why we are The Land Of The Free And The Home Of The Brave. CENSORED PHOTOS OF WW II ACTION IN THE PACIFIC Many have not seen photography like this before. Beautiful, stark black & white pics, about 110 of them, of historical significance in this collection. For many of us, our fathers…