Harold Bahr began serving in the Alaska Territorial Guard (ATG) in Nome, Alaska during World War II in 1942 when he was just eleven years old. ATG members were often men and boys too old or young to be drafted, who volunteered to be the first line of defense for Alaska.
In his Veteran Spotlight interview, Harold recalls sitting in his uncle’s attic as a boy in Nome, hoping the Japanese planes flying overhead would get low enough so he could shoot at them. Harold continued to watch for Japanese ships and planes until 1945.
Harold’s service to the country continued in 1951 when he was only enough to enlist in the US Navy and served on an ammunition ship during the Korean War.