Battle of Attu

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"What a nightmare, a madness of noise and confusion and deadliness." 
                                                                         Capt George S. Bahler 

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    Japanese forces invaded Attu Island on June 7, 1942, captured all the villagers, and occupied the island for nearly a year. On May 11, 1943, 11,000 American troops landed on Attu. The ensuing battle lasted 19 days and was one of the deadliest confrontations in the Pacific Theater of WWII. 549 American men and over 2,400 Japanese men lost their lives.

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  • Attu75: War Came to a Wilderness

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    Join the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge for an evening commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Attu. After a presentation, join us for a reception to meet Author Nancy Lord and Artist Andrea Nelson and view a new traveling exhibition and work by three artists in residence inspired by their visits to Attu and Kiska. Reception sponsored by the Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges.

    • When: Thursday, May 17 from 6:30-8:30pm 
    • Where: Wilda Marston Theater at the Loussac Library
      3600 Denali Street, Anchorage, AK