As part of Alaska Public Media’s observance of Veterans Day, we’re taking a look at how Alaska became involved in World War 2, and how those events attracted the attention of the continental United States and the rest of the world. We will hear three separate stories, the first of which comes from a navy pilot who flew in the Battle of Midway. We’ll then learn about the hard work and sacrifices made by the black soldiers that helped build the Alaskan Highway. We’ll finish the program learning about the Lend Lease program that sent American planes to Russia.
- Z.W. “Ski” Kowalewski, a former Navy Pilot who flew in the Battle of Midway. Ski has published a memoir of his WWII experiences entitled, A Sailor’s Life in World War II.
- Katherine Ringsmuth, UAA Adjunct Professor of History and the sole proprietor of Tundra Vision: Public History Consultants
- Craig Lang, Director of the BRAVO 369 Flight Foundation
- David Ramseur, author of Melting the Ice Curtain and a Visiting Scholar in Public Policy at UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research
- A Sailor’s Life in World War II, available on Amazon
- Alaska Highway Memorial Project
- Black soldiers’ work on the Alaska Highway commemorated, from the ADN
- Giving the black soldiers that built the Alaska Highway their due, from the ADN
- Hometown, Alaska’s show on “Melting the Ice Curtain” featuring David Ramseur
- The 75th anniversary of Aleut evacuation, from Alaska Public Media
RECORDED: Friday, October 12, 2017 at 49th State Brewing Company.
BROADCAST: Tuesday, October 14, 2017. 2:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. AKT
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