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Aleutian World War II National Historic Site  

Aleutian World War II National Historic Site

In 1939 the U.S. military began fortifying Dutch Harbor/Unalaska for a possible attack by the Japanese and it came on June 3-4, 1942. The two-day air attack not only heavily destroyed this Aleutian Island seaport but made it one of the few places in the country to be bombed during World War II. The Japanese continued the campaign by invading and occupying two western Aleutian Islands that year and when the Americans re-took them in 1943 the bloody clash was the first battle on American soil since the War of 1812. This little-known chapter of War World II history eventually became known as the "Forgotten War" and in 1996 the 134-acre Aleutian World War II National Historic Area was established so nobody ever would forget.

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