Logo bar of the Alaska Public Lands Information Centers which are located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tok and Ketchikan
980x220 WW2 banner image
text size
Printer Friendly
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

A sharp knife's edge ridge decends from the snow covered peak of the Mount Bona volcano. Cloudy skies comprise the background. Did You Know?
Mount Bona, the highest volcano in the U.S. at 16,421 ft, is the head of the glacier & icefield-covered mountain massif in Wrangell-St Elias National Park that supplies the majority of glacial silt to the Yukon River, via the massive Russell & Klutlan Glaciers.