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The Forgotten War
By Ronald Smith


February 01, 2007
Thursday PM

I can well remember the time of these attacks. I can see my daddy sitting in front of the radio listening to the news of the Japanese bombing Dutch Harbor. We went for months not knowing the well fare of my brother, which was Abb Rufus Smith, after the raids. I was 11-12 years old at the time and wanted to join the army and help fight these aggressors.

Thanks for the article.

Ronald Smith
Coffee Springs, Alabama

Received February 01, 2007 - Published February 01, 2006


About: "I had a brother on Dutch Harbor at the time of these attacks. This made a mark in my memory of the attacks."


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