Join us in commemorating the
75th Anniversary of the Battle of Attu!

WWII Battle on American Soil

May 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Attu - the only ground battle of WWII to take place on American soil.

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A Refuge, A Home - Changed Forever

For thousands of years, Attu was home to people and wildlife. Long before the war, Attu was one of the earliest Federally protected wildlife resource areas. The Battle of Attu forever changed the island, its inhabitants, and the lives of those who waged battle there, leaving behind scars and stories scattered among the national wildlife refuge that exists today.  Read more...


Film Screening & Discussion the Director

When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 2:00-4:00pm
Where: University of Alaska Anchorage, Fine Arts Building
The film premiere of “When the Fog Clears,” directed by award winning Japanese film director Tadashi Ogawa seeks to make the “Forgotten War” unforgettable. This film features Kiska and Attu Island which had been occupied by Japan during WWII. 90 minutes

Opening Reception & Reflections on Attu Art Show

When: Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 6:30pm
Where: Loussac Library, Anchorage, Alaska
 Join USFWS Alaska Maritime
National Wildlife Refuge as we welcome and honor U.S. and Japanese Veterans and Descendants from the battle and village of Attu. View a new display about Attu and art from 2017 Refuge Artists-in-Residence Andrea Nelson, Nancy Lord, and Irene Owsley. Refreshments served

Organizing Partners


  • Also an organizing partner: Japanese-American Citizens League (Alaska Chapter)
  • Atwood Foundation
  • Rasmuson Foundation
  • Grant Aviation
  • Prince William Sound Museum
  • Aleutian Pribilof Islands Restitution Trust
  • UAA Alaska Native Studies
  • UAA Diversity Action Council
  • TDX Corporation
  • Tundra Technologies
  • Taiga Communications
  • Aleut Corporation
  • Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association
  • Glacial Water Company
  • Sue Vaughn in honor of her late father and WWII Aleutian Veteran Frank Vaughn
  • Sharon Davis
  • Tim & Christy Rockwell
  • Alaska State Museum
  • Ounalashka Corporation
  • Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges