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WWII veteran takes flight in B-17 bomber for 99th birthday

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“It’s old memories, old memories.”

Some memories never fade.

“It seems like yesterday in a way.”

For Sergeant Eugene Leonard, the time he spent in Pearl Harbor remains a part of him forever.

“When you hit my age, time slows up,” said Leonard.

Looking out the window of a B-17 Bomber made him feel like he was in 1941.

“There was combat. We had to fly into Guadalcanal. They had control over Guadalcanal and we had to slip in with fire protection,” said Leonard.

At 99-years-old, the sergeant made his maiden voyage on the sentimental journey Saturday.

“Of course I spent thousands of hours in the R4D and C46’s,” said Leonard.

He joined the Marines in 1936. He also served in the Air Force. A renowned mechanic for 76 years, he was shot during war and survived.

“I’d say indirectly, he saved about 40 lives with his maintenance on airplanes and preventing pilots from making mistakes,” said Guy Coulombe.

Two years ago, Coulombe befriended the Sergeant during a monthly meeting of Pearl Harbor survivors in San Diego, where the war hero lived at the time.

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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/06/wwii-veteran-takes-flight-in-b-17-bomber-for-99th-birthday.html

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Veterans in the Klamath Basin — their stories

Klamath Basin Crisis.org, Veterans & soldiers

KBC News

BOR draft EIS Klamath Salmon Hearing 110916, *** Comments Due EXTENDED TO 12/12/16  since their website was not working for a few days. https://cdxnodengn.epa.gov/cdx-enepa-II/public/action/eis/details ?eisId=219169 OR http://www.usbr.gov/mp/nepa/nepa_projdetails.cfm?Project_ID=22021

December 7, 1941

You can find more info about the veterans in Klamath Basin at below links, especially the “Homesteader”  page.

70th anniversary of Bly (Oregon) bombing recalled. Picnic outing turns deadly when Japanese bomb discovered,followed by Ceremony marks 70th anniversary of WWII deaths, H&N 5/6/15. “The killings were caused by a Japanese balloon bomb. About 9,000 hydrogen-filled balloons carrying 30,000 bombs were launched from Honshu, Japan, during a five-month period that ended in April 1945.”

December 7, 2016. KBC News: Today is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor; we honor our veterans! Klamath Basin is the home of survivors and their families of Pearl Harbor and WWII, of veterans who were invited by their government to farm here after their service to our country. Some survived being POWs in Japan. They won homesteads, and were given a barracks to live in from the WWII Japanese relocation camp near Tulelake. The veterans did not want the relocation camp to be located here, and they felt the camp was wrong. Today the descendants of the Japanese-American families who were relocated here are suing our airport managers to prevent a security fence from being erected around the airport, with the goal of shutting down the airport so they can claim their “sacred ground”.

Our small airport services 40,000 square miles, providing ag and emergency services to our small communities dependent on it. Presently the Lava Beds National Monument, which is managing the Tule Lake Unit (over 1040 acres near Tulelake have been dedicated to telling the story of the Japanese relocation), wants to put millions of dollars, the most expansive plan of 3, into developing and resurrecting much of the camp which is now mostly gone, including acquiring more land from “willing” sellers. The lawsuit could cause our airport that services our homesteads to be a “willing” seller. Their story would not include stories of our veterans and their families and Pearl Harbor, but has been stated to include the “racism” and “war hysteria” by our white veterans and government.

Here is a recent article urging Japanese American sympathizers into voting to vastly expand the services and acreage “…As the Tule Lake Committee says, it is all hallowed ground, and visitors should be able to experience and walk on the lands where their families once endured incarceration and segregation — without the barrier of an 8- to 10-foot high fence around an existing airstrip that cuts through the heart of the old barracks ground..” http://resisters.com/2016/11/28/adopt-alternative-c-for-public-access-to-tule-lake/ . It continues,  “Under an incoming federal administration that threatens a Muslim registry and mass deportations if not incarcerations, the lessons of Tule Lake are needed more than ever.” Our community supports a museum and some tours and services on the land they’ve already taken, but not the decimation of our airport and remaining ag economy of our veteran families.

Here is our Homesteader Page.

www.klamathbasincrisis.org

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A Simple Tribute to the American Hero Next Door

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Sent to us by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly

Dec. 7, 2016

A Simple Tribute to the American Hero Next Door

This story was shared on my FaceBook Page when I posted up a few words of remembrance of Pearl Harbor, a “date that shall live in infamy.” It is the truly inspiring and heartwarming story of John Unger, who personified the kind of courage and humility of those who serve this great country, and his extraordinary wife, Alice, who stood by him through it all. On this day of remembrance, let us thank God that such men and women lived!

Alice Unger, John Ungers’ wife of 74 years, passed away February 18, 2014. After a long illness, she woke, called for him, and with a last hug and kiss, she said she wished he could come with her. Through tears, John said he wished he could too. Then she passed on.
With work hard to find, John Unger joined the U.S. Navy in 1939. He met Alice on the island of Guam and fell in love with her. So in love, that he took leave, pulled her out of school, and married her that day. She was 17. He volunteered to go to Wake Island. He figured he could save some money being stationed way out there. So he moved Alice to their new home in Benicia, California, where she promised to wait for him. Not long after the Navy sent him to Wake, Alice gave birth to their first child.
He had only been on Wake Island for about 4 months when, on December 7, 1941 the Imperialist Japanese Navy bombed Pearl Harbor. John had just finished breakfast, and was in his gun position when the air raid siren called out. What most people don’t remember is, the Empire of Japan bombed Wake Island on the same day and at the same time as Pearl Harbor. The date of December 8, is only different because Wake Island is across the international date line. Alice heard the news, and waited. Just like she promised.

When the planes first flew over Wake, many of the Marines thought they were ours and waved to them, until they started shooting. Then the bombs dropped, taking out all 8 of the Wildcat fighter aircraft on the ground. The remaining 4 were on patrol, but didn’t see the attack coming due to poor visability. After that, Japanese planes bombed them every day. Wake isn’t very big, so every bomb felt like an earthquake. John Unger kept running through the attacks because he was a pharmisist’s mate, and people were getting hurt.
One day, John was called from his 3″ gun position to go to the 5″ gun position. Just before he got there, they were hit by Japanese dive bombers and fighters. A Japanese plane came shooting right at John. He ran as fast as he could and dove, head first, for the nearest bomb shelter. He dove hard, pelted by dirt thrown up by enemy aircraft bullets strafing all around right next to him.
He dove in so hard and fast the people inside thought he was a bomb, and were stepping all over him trying to get out. He felt lucky because a Japanese bomb had taken out the 3″ gun position he had just left, but also destroyed all of his gear, and his favorite bottle of Jack Daniel’s whisky that he was saving for Christmas.
John Unger and the understrength contingent of U.S. Marines on Wake Island had done nothing less than repel a surprise attack by the mighty force of the Japanese Navy, along with it’s invasion landing force. This was the very first Japanese defeat of the war, and it was the last time in history that a forced landing attempt was repelled by shore batteries. Alice heard American news reporting ‘when asked what was needed for resupply Commander Cunningham said “Send more Japs!”, and she waited for John. Just like she promised.
So the Japanese Navy sent major reinforcements. Ships and Japanese Marines from the failed invasion, plus 2 of the aircraft carriers that attacked Pearl Harbor, plus 1,500 more Japanese marines assembled around Wake Island, and the second invasion attempt came on December 23, 1941.
U.S. Marines fought so fiercely, that the Japanese had to beach some their converted destroyers at speed in order to land their invasion forces. Americans killed a lot of them, so they burned their own ships to keep their own Japanese Marines from retreating. After a full night and morning of fighting, the U.S. Marines did not want to surrender, but the Navy did, and the Navy was in charge. So the Wake garrison received orders to surrender.
The U.S. Marines lost 47 killed and 2 MIA during the entire 15-day siege. There were 3 U.S. Navy personnel, and 20 civilians killed. Japanese losses were recorded to be up to 900 killed, with at least 300 more wounded. Navy Commander Cunningham and Marine Major Devereux took John Unger with them to surrender to the Japanese. The thinking was the red cross on his arm might keep the Japanese from shooting them.
American P.O.W’s were bound, hands behind their back, with communications wire. The hands were then forced upward, a loop of wire was wrapped around their neck, and tied off to the wire binding the wrists. If the men fell asleep, their arms would relax, pulling down on the wire around the neck, choking them to death.
John and two other men sat back to back. Taking turns, two of them would reach back to hold the arms of the third man while he leaned against them and slept. That is how John Unger spent his Christmas on Wake Island. He and his fellow prisoners slept in shifts to keep a man from choking to death from the weight of his own arms.
Alice heard news reports that the Japanese always killed all prisoners. She hadn’t heard it from him, so John Unger wasn’t dead. Not until he said he was. She found a job, went to work, took care of their son, and waited for him. Just like she promised.
The U.S. Navy established a submarine blockade and the Japanese garrison on Wake was starved. The Japanese moved the P.O.W’s to camps in Japanese occupied China. They kept 98 American civilians on Wake Island to do forced labor, building bunkers and fortifications.
John Unger volunteered to stay on Wake Island to help the civilians but he was moved with all U.S. military personnel. On October 7, 1943, Japanese Rear Admiral Shigematsu Sakaibara ordered the execution of all 98 civilian workers. They were executed with a machine gun.
The Japanese sailors beat them with baseball bats as the prisoners were brought aboard. The holds of the prison ship were not big enough for all of the prisoners to lay down, and they had only 1 bucket to go to the bathroom in. Every day, every single day, the Japanese sailors would come down into the holds with their baseball bats and beat the prisoners. John Unger volunteered to bring that 1 bucket topside for emptying whenever that was needed, and did his best to keep his fellow prisoners wounds sanitary.

After some time, the P.O.W.’s were moved from China to Japan. John and the rest were marched from the ship dock to coal mines in the north. Japanese civilians would line the streets and throw rocks at them. By this time American planes were bombing the Japanese Homeland. John could hear the bombing. They weren’t at the coal mines for very long, 4 or 5 months, and the Atomic Bomb was dropped.
Suddenly the prisoners received more food than the single cup of rice per day they had received during 44 months of captivity. One day, a Japanese officer suddenly appeared and read a statement aloud in perfect English. “Due to the dastardly Americans’ dropping the Atomic Bomb, Japan surrenders”. The officer gave an order, and the Japanese soldiers turned their rifles over to the P.O.W.’s, and said the camp was theirs. They were stunned. So surprised, that nobody even celebrated.
They stayed there for about a week, as American planes dropped food, supplies, and a radio into the P.O.W. camp. Then the beautiful sight of a flight of American P-51 Mustang aircraft flew by, calling them on the radio. They were to march to the nearest rail station, where they would be taken to the nearest airport, and those American P-51 Mustangs flew escort over them the entire time.
The march to the rail station took about 3 hours, and John was getting sick. On the plane to Tokyo, he started throwing up. After surviving 2 invasions of Wake Island, and 44 months as a prisoner of war, John Unger was dieing from an attack of appendicitis. The plane radioed ahead, an ambulance was waiting, and they took him straight into surgery.
Everyone else got to fly home, John had to go by hospital ship, and nobody told Alice. She met the plane that was supposed to bring him home. When the plane was empty, and no one else came off, she went back home. She went to work, took care of their son, and waited for him. Just like she promised. Because, John Unger wasn’t dead. Not until he said he was.
When the hospital ship finally arrived in Oakland, California, he was transferred to Oakland Naval Hospital. After a few days, they issued him a new uniform and some money, and gave him convalescent leave. He hitch hiked to Benicia, California, and then hired a taxi to take him home.
During the drive, the cabbie noticed his uniform. John mentioned that he was a returning war prisoner and the cab driver asked John if he had called home. “Things change” the driver said. Other women had remarried after the fall of Wake Island, hearing news reports that the Japanese always killed all prisoners. John chose to go home. She had promised to wait for him, and he wasn’t dead. Not until he said he was.
Walking up to the house he remembered being his, and hoping it still was, John opened the door and walked in. Yup, there were pictures of some kid on the wall, and pictures of him with Alice. John Unger was home. There was a sound, and then a kid came bounding down the stairs. “Are you my daddy?” the boy asked. “I guess I am” said John.
Another sound, and a woman came out. It looks like Alice. Oh, no, it’s not Alice. It’s her sister, who was babysitting while Alice was at work. Excited, the sister phones, and Alice abruptly leaves work. She never did go back. She had waited for John. Just like she promised. Because, he wasn’t dead. Not until he said he was.
Her enduring faithfulness, and love for John Unger was never a question. Now, after 74 years of marriage, Alice has passed away. She wished John could come with her, and John wishes he could too. She will wait for John. Just like she promised.
May God Bless the Soul of Alice Unger.
Amen.
(Story shared by Bill Wrigley, a family friend of John and Alice Unger).

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Trump chooses Retired Marine General John F. Kelly for Secretary of Homeland Security

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PNP comment:  I didn’t know anything about Gen. Kelley and heard about this article in The Weekly Standard. His son was killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2010. This article is worth the read. It was written Nov. 9, 2016. This is the right kind of man to lead the security of United States homeland. — Editor Liz Bowen

The Weekly Standard

A Family Affair

Marine general John F. Kelly retires.

Nov 09, 2015 | By Aaron MacLean

In March 2003, as the 1st Marine Division raced up Mesopotamia toward Baghdad, two Marines-turned-writers—Bing West and retired Major General Ray “E-Tool” Smith—accepted a helicopter ride from the assistant division commander, John F. Kelly. Though zipping over the battlefield at 150 feet was infinitely preferable to bumping up a highway in nausea-inducing tracked vehicles, there were complications, as West and Smith later wrote in their book The March Up.

Over the town of Al Budayr, a regional Baath party stronghold, the helicopter came under heavy machine gun fire. As it dodged and twisted in flight, the door gunners engaging in duels with the Fedayeen below, Kelly and the two former Marines (both hardened veterans of close combat—Smith didn’t get the nickname “E-Tool” because he was good at digging holes) shouted instructions at the crew, trying to call out enemy locations and in the process talking over each other a great deal. After the immediate danger had passed, Smith let off some steam, marveling, “He had us cold. .  .  . It takes skill to miss something this big right in front of you. Thank God for piss poor shooters.”

Responding to his slightly unsettled passengers with the compassion and solicitousness for which Marine generals are famous, the Boston-born Kelly said, “I thought you guys were used to that!”

This seems to have been one of the lighter moments of the campaign for Kelly. Most of his time was spent doing the drudge work of an invasion: investigating why regimental convoys were being held up, monitoring underperforming officers, and insisting that civilians be looked out for despite the constant threat of suicide attacks. Kelly, who retires later this year as commander of U.S. Southern Command, was serving alongside a remarkable group of officers who would go on to lead the Corps and the U.S. military in the decade ahead: Joe Dunford Jr. (another Boston Marine), Jim Mattis, James Conway, and Jim Amos all had Marine commands in the march on Baghdad.

Like these men, Kelly would earn four stars, capping a career that began with his enlisting in the ranks in 1970, followed later by college and a commission. After Baghdad fell, he was appointed to lead an ad hoc force that continued north to seize Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown. When the 1st Marine Division returned to Iraq in 2004, he helped oversee some of the fiercest fighting of the war in Ramadi and Fallujah, before returning to the country for a third time in 2008, now commanding all Marines in Anbar and seeing the “Awakening” there through to its successful conclusion.

Despite the remarkable accomplishments of the units he headed, Marines who know Kelly say they cannot remember him ever taking credit. Inspired by his example, Kelly’s two sons, John and Robert, followed him into the Marines. The Kelly family was not an anomaly: It is increasingly unusual for someone serving in the military not to have been preceded by a father or other close relative.

Robert—who enlisted immediately after graduating college and became an infantry officer—deployed to Afghanistan as a platoon commander at the peak of the fighting in Helmand Province. Before dawn on November 9, 2010, General Kelly opened the door to his home at the Washington Navy Yard to see Joe Dunford, then serving as the Corps’s assistant commandant, standing on the porch in his service uniform. Robert, said by a Marine who served closely with him to be “just like his father,” someone who “was humble, knew his trade, was physically fit, tough as nails, charismatic, funny,” someone who had “a genuine concern for the well-being of Marines,” had been killed in Sangin.

Notifications of families of Marines killed in action are always done in person, and Dunford had decided to tell Kelly himself. What came next was, if possible, worse—as Kelly later put it to a reporter from the Washington Post, “I then did the most difficult thing I’ve done in my life. I walked upstairs, woke Karen to the news, and broke her heart.”

Kelly had earned the terrible distinction of being the most senior American officer to lose a child in Iraq or Afghanistan, and not a soul would have begrudged him taking some time. But November is when the Marine Corps celebrates its birthday, and Kelly had been invited to speak at a celebration in St. Louis four days after. He attended, and there delivered one of the most powerful American speeches of the last decade and a half of war.

Even though most in attendance knew about his loss, as a courtesy it was not mentioned by the officer introducing him, who opened instead with the jaunty anecdote, “Let me share my favorite line from General Kelly when we were in Iraq. .  .  . ‘We’re the United States Marine Corps. We took Iwo Jima. Baghdad ain’t s—.’ ” Taking the podium to raucous applause, Kelly drew a clear moral line from 9/11 through to the fights in both Afghanistan and Iraq: “Our enemy fights for an ideology based on an irrational hatred of who you are. Make no mistake about that no matter what certain elements of our ‘chattering class’ relentlessly churn out.” Kelly expressed dismay about weak support for the war, and about how small the proportion of Americans who served was, before turning to the character of the current generation of Marines.

And what are they like in combat? They’re like Marines have been throughout our history. In my three tours in combat as an infantry officer, I never saw one of them hesitate, or do anything other than lean into the fire and, with no apparent fear of death or injury, take the fight to our enemies. As anyone—and many of you have—who has ever experienced combat knows, when it starts, when the explosions and tracers are everywhere and the calls for the Corpsman are screamed from the throats of men who know they are dying—when seconds seem like hours and it all becomes slow motion and fast forward at the same time, and the only rational act is to stop, get down, save himself. But they don’t. When no one would call them a coward for cowering behind a wall or in a hole, none of them do.

Kelly paused a number of times, clearly fighting back emotion, but never succumbed. He then made the only reference in the speech to Robert: “Like my own two sons who have fought in Iraq and, until last, this week in Afghanistan, they are also the same kids that drove their cars too fast for your liking, and played that Godawful music of their generation too loud, but have no doubt they are the finest of their generation.”

Both a video of the speech and a draft of the remarks are available online. In the text, which was presumably written before November 9, the above line reads, “Like my own two sons who are Marines and have fought in Iraq, and today in Sangin, Afghanistan, they are also the same kids .  .  .” Surely that is the cruelest edit that ever had to be made before the delivery of a speech.

Characteristically, Kelly moved away from his own concerns and those of his family, and devoted the end of his speech to the story of two young Marines who died facing down a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2008. When Kelly sat down, the officer who had introduced him stood to present the customary gift for traveling to St. Louis to speak, but was too overcome with emotion to complete his own brief remarks. Kelly stood, took the gift, and pulled the officer in for a hug.

Since then Kelly has led the combatant command for South and Central America and become a voice for gold star families. Whatever comes next for Kelly in retirement, and despite the toxic elements of our politics that he highlighted during his speech in St. Louis, his career and the service of his family—and of countless families like his—highlight something that remains one of the nation’s strengths. The business of defending our democracy, the mastery of a trade as grim as it is exciting, and the willingness to die, if necessary, for the freedom and safety of others: Those guys are used to that.

Aaron MacLean, a former Marine Corps infantry officer, is managing editor of the Washington Free Beacon.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/from-the-weekly-standard-archives-a-family-affair/article/1055654

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Attention Veterans: Outward Bound courses are available

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Outward Bound is happy to announce that we have published new Winter/Spring 2017 Outward Bound Veteran courses to our website!  We thank you for your service to our country and are grateful to honor all of you today.  You can find the new courses at this Outward Bound Veteran Courses link. You are receiving this email because you have inquired about the Outward Bound Veteran courses so we wanted to make sure you were the first to know.  We will publish Summer 2017 course dates in March 2017.

Remember that you may only attend one Outward Bound Veteran course per calendar year and only two maximum.  If you have already enrolled and attended a course in 2016, please only apply for a second course that takes place in 2017.  We have included more information about eligibility below.

Through the funding of our amazing donors, we are able to provide our Veterans and Service Members with courses, free of charge.  Thanks to the many donations, we are able to pay for both your course tuition and your travel.

If you are currently active duty or have served our country in deployment, you are eligible to attend a course with us.  Please know that these courses are designed to help deployed veterans return to civilian life.  Members of the United States National Guard and Reserves, Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines are eligible to take a Veterans’ course with Outward Bound, provided you have been deployed oversees as part of your service.

There are no other prerequisites to attending a Veterans’ course with Outward Bound.  Please have your DD-214 ready in case your Course Advisor requires proof of your service.

During the enrollment process, your course advisor will ask for your credit card information.  We will NOT charge your card.  This step is to confirm your investment in attending course with Outward Bound.  Your credit card will ONLY be charged if you decide to cancel your enrollment within 30 days or less before the date of your course start.  In this case, you will be charged a $250 cancellation fee, and you may also be charged the total price of your travel plans (in the event that travel has been purchased for you).  The exception to this cancellation policy is if you are currently on active duty and receive orders to deploy.

We welcome Veterans back to take a second course after your first course has been completed.  If you decide to come back and take another course, the course will need to be in another calendar year than your first course.  We will place you on “standby” so that we can offer preference to applicants who have never attended course.  In respect to the donors funding the program, we will allow Veterans to attend a total of two Outward Bound Veterans’ courses maximum.  However, if you have been re-deployed since your last Veterans’ course, you are welcome to apply again and we will reserve a spot on course for you right away.

Outward Bound is very proud of and thankful for our Military and Service Men and Women.  We are happy to be able to provide you with an Outward Bound experience to say “Thank You” for your service to our country and for keeping us safe.

For a complete course list, including dates and descriptions, please click here.  If you would like to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable Admissions Advisors, please give us a call at 866-467-7651.  If you have any questions about courses while our office is closed, please email info@outwardbound.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Thank you to all USA veterans!

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Our soldiers and military veterans are a special group.

Thank you to all for your service!

May God bless you!

— Editor Liz Bowen

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Having problems putting up Veterans Parade photos

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Sorry, I am having problems putting up my photos from the Veterans Parade in Etna photos.

Wow, this is not working like it used to. I will keep at it! — Editor Liz Bowen

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World War II: The war after Attu: Anchorage historian writes the first history of air battle launched from Alaska

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PNP comment: This is a good article about the little-known fighting in the Aleutians during World War II. My Uncle Charley Dillman served in the Aleutians. We have a post card that he sent home of the Quonset hut bunk house where he opened and closed the door several times a night to make sure the snow didn’t pile up and lock them inside. Now, I know much more about the situation he was in. — Editor Liz Bowen

What may be the least-visited World War II monument on the American mainland stands on the south side of Merrill Field: the Eleventh Air Force/Americans Home from Siberia Memorial.

It honors Americans who served in the Battle of the North Pacific, perhaps most forgotten of Alaska’s “forgotten fronts,” conducted across battle lines that ranged for thousands of miles from the Aleutians to the northern islands of Japan, the theater where America’s involvement in the war began — and where it ended.

While the Battle of Attu, the only North American land battle in the war, remains little known, it has received increasing attention in recent years. But the fight that followed, in which American bombers raided Japanese strongholds in the Kuril chain for two years, remains largely unstudied and unrecognized, even by World War II buffs.

Now the first history of the operation, “Mission to the Kurils” by Anchorage historian John Haile Cloe, has been published (Todd Communications, $40).

In the foreword of his book, Cloe notes that the Japanese task force that attacked Pearl Harbor assembled in a bay on Etorofu Island in the Southern Kurils before steaming to Hawaii. Russian and Japanese soldiers engaged in combat in the islands three days after Emperor Hirohito announced the surrender of his nation. The final surrender of the islands was signed aboard an Alaska-based warship.

Cloe’s book begins with a quick overview of the invasion of Alaska, beginning June 3, 1942. Aircraft carrier-based planes bombed Dutch Harbor and, soon after, the Japanese army occupied Attu and Kiska at the far western end of the Aleutian chain.

The U.S. retook Attu in May of 1943 after a nearly monthlong struggle that led to the death of nearly all of the 2,000 Japanese defenders. A joint U.S.-Canadian force landed on Kiska a few weeks later to find that the entire Japanese garrison had been evacuated.

MUCH More —

https://www.adn.com/alaska-life/2016/11/05/the-war-after-attu-anchorage-historian-writes-the-first-history-of-air-battle-launched-from-alaska/

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Veterans Parade was a success! Blue skies contributed as well.

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The Veterans Parade in Etna was a huge success with more than 38 entries.

Tomorrow, Sunday, I will post up photos.

So stay tuned!

— Editor Liz Bowen

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Veterans’ Parade in Etna Saturday – 11-5-16

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Rain or shine!!!

It is time to honor our soldiers and veterans.

Attend the

16th Annual Veterans Parade

in Etna, CA

11 a.m.

We have a great line-up for the parade.

Jimmy Sutter is cooking hotdogs on a BBQ downtown

Museum will be open — hosted by the Native Daughters of the Golden West

Late entries — show up at the Etna High School at 10 a.m. and we will put you in !

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