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.


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



Atwood Foundation
Rasmusson Foundation
Grant Aviation
Japanese-American Citizens League (Alaska Chapter)
Tundra Technologies
Taiga Communications
Glacial Water Company
Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges