Aleut internment in Ward Lake
By Larry Chercasen
July 02, 2007
I wish to thank Mr. Kiffer for his compassionate article on the
Aleut evacuation. It brought back many sad and yet nostalgic
memories of my stay there from 1942 to 1945. I was seven years
old at that time... It is good that people hear of the suffering
that is brought on by wars.
I visited the site of the Aleut
internment in Ward Lake on a cruise to Southeast Alaska last
year. It was the first time I returned since leaving the camp
in April 1945. It is now a beautiful day use recreational site
with not a trace or hint of the suffering that took place there
during the war. I left four cousins in the soil of Ketchikan
during this time, and they lay in unmarked graves in Bayview
cemetery in downtown Ketchikan today. I want to thank the caretakers
of that cemetery that have kept accurate records of the burials
and very compassionately pointed out exactly where my cousins
I want to thank also the tour
guide that so kindly took me where I needed to go during this
return to my past, and all the people that offered their kind
condolences when they learned of the purpose of my visit.
Received July 01, 2007 - Published July 02, 2007
About: " I am a survivor
of the internment in Ward Lake from 1942 t0 1945."
Sad Chapter of World War II in Alaska; Aleuts Relocated for Safety,
Yet Many Died At Ward Lake a feature story By DAVE KIFFER
- Sixty Five years ago this month, the Japanese invaded Alaska's
In the grand scheme of World
War II, it was only a feint. The idea was to attack American
"home" territory to draw attention away from the central
Pacific where the Japanese hoped to deal a crippling blow to
U.S. forces at Midway and drive the US Navy back to Pearl Harbor
or even San Francisco. - More...
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