Gov. Walker declares June 3 as Dutch Harbor Remembrance Day

Governor Bill Walker has declared June 3rd to be recognized as Dutch Harbor Remembrance Day. Statewide all flags will fly at half-mast to recognize Japan’s World War II attack on Dutch Harbor.

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Buildings burning after the first Japanese attack on Dutch Harbor, Alaska (USA), 3 June 1942. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)
Buildings burning after the first Japanese attack on Dutch Harbor, Alaska (USA), 3 June 1942. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)

The 1942 bombing was the first hostile action on Alaskan soil; twenty-five
service men were killed.

Later on, Dutch Harbor was attacked again as well as the communities of
Adak, Kiska, and Attu.

In response to the June 3rd strike, the United States uprooted Unangan
people and sent them to internment camps in Southeast Alaska where they
suffered from disease and malnutrition.

Governor Walker hopes Dutch Harbor Remembrance Day will honor the military
who served and died defending the United States, and the Aleut people who
died while interned.