|A visitor reads the plaque about Pvt. Joseph Martinez. Photo by USFWS|
As Memorial Day approaches, we share this story about the 2013 dedication of an interpretive site on Attu Island, site of the Battle of Attu, the only WWII land battle in the 50 United States.
Seventy years [now almost 72] after young men fought and died on remote, windswept Attu Island in Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, the Service honored their sacrifices with the dedication of a new interpretive site on Attu.
In addition to interpretive panels that tell the story of World War II in the Aleutians, a plaque honors the deeds of Pvt. Joseph Martinez, the only Medal of honor recipient in the Aleutian Campaign.
Three interpretive panels describe the Battle of Attu, the fate of the Attu villagers and a timeline of WWII in Alaska. Redwood benches made by veterans allow contemplation of the now peaceful scene on the uninhabited island.