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Aleut internment camp at Ward Lake
By Cherry Rice



June 25, 2007
Monday PM

Thank you Dave Kiffer for your great story about the Aleut internment camp at Ward Lake. I have walked around the lake countless times yet never knew where to look for evidence of this sad chapter in our town's history. How strange this wooded country must have felt to them. My heart goes out to the survivors and their families. After reading this story the question comes into my mind... Why is there no plaque commemorating these poor displaced people? It seems only a descent thing to do.


Cherry Rice
Ketchikan, AK

Received June 24, 2007 - Published June 25, 2007

About: "Long time Ketchikan resident."

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