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 Opening Reception & Art Show



    Where: Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center, Homer, Alaska
    When: Friday, July 6th, 5-7:30pm (20 minute artist talk by Nancy Lord at 7pm)

    In 2017, three artists (Nancy Lord of Homer, Andrea Nelson of Haines, and Irene Owsley of New Mexico) traveled to the Aleutian Islands of Attu and Kiska as part of the annual Voices of the Wilderness Artist-in-Residence program. Inspired by their visit to these wild places touched by WWII, the artists created intriguing and beautiful assemblage pieces, took stunning large format photos, and wrote prose that reveals meanings.

    Join USFWS Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges as we unveil this show in Homer and also premier an exhibit portraying the people and wildlife of the island of Attu, from pre-historic times through the present. Refreshments served.