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World War II in Alaska

"I believe that in the future, whoever holds Alaska will hold the world. I think it is the most important strategic place in the world."

-U.S. General Billy Mitchell to the U.S. Congress in 1935.

Whoever controlled Alaska's Aleutian Islands during World War II controlled transportation routes in the Pacific. Starting on June 3, 1942, the Aleutian Islands of Attu and Kiska were officially occupied by Japanese forces. After nearly a year, the U.S. and Canada reclaimed the islands. Today, Aleutian World War II National Historic Area preserves the stories of the forgotten battle and the Aleuts who lived there.

Listed below is information on a number of sites here in Alaska that were involved in World War II:

Click on the map of National Historic Landmarks involved in World War II!

Map of WWII sites in Alaska

Profile view of a caribou walking though green, scrubby vegetation. Did You Know?
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