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JerryPhotoThe Battle of Midway was an attempt to occupy Midway as a airfield while simultaneously luring the U.S. Aircraft Carriers into a trap. These carriers were missing from Pearl Harbor during the December, 1941, raid. Unknown to the Japanese, Project HYPO had decoded the Japanese plan and our carriers were ready with a trap of their own. To give further misdirection, the Japanese attack on the Aleutian Islands was executed.

. The U.S. Marines responded to the Aleutian attack. Today we look at this attack.

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the Japanese operations in the Aleutian Islands (Operation AL) removed yet more ships that could otherwise have augmented the force striking Midway. Whereas prior historical accounts have often characterized the Aleutians operation as a feint to draw American forces away, recent scholarship on the battle has suggested that AL was supposed to be launched simultaneously with the attack on Midway. However, a one-day delay in the sailing of Nagumo’s task force meant that Operation AL began a day before the Midway attack.”  (Wikipedia)

So it’s time to get started with our exploration of the Japanese attack on the Aleutian Islands at the same time of the Battle of Midway…  GLB

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Quotations Related to PACIFIC:

    

“The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 completely crippled our Pacific Fleet.”
— Jerry Costello

“V-J Day, or Victory in Japan Day, marks the date of the Japanese surrender that ended fighting in the Pacific.”
— Doc Hastings

“Clearly, this Sino-Japanese War of more than four years was a considerable burden on Japan’s national power and an obstacle to the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.”
— Tojo Hideki

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Edited by Gerald Boerner

 

Commentary:

JerryPhotoThe name “Alaska” evokes images of vast waste-scapes of tundra covered with snow and populated with great herds of caribou. One can almost see the sub-zero temperatures outside. Scattered towns, centers of “civilization”, could be found, especially along the coast of the Gulf of Alaska. It is a territory that is not so much a state of the union, but a natural paradise peopled by the native groups of inhabitants.

In the past half century we have seen the Great Alaska Earthquake, the discovery of massive oil reserves on the north slope, and the Prince Henry Sound oil leak from the Exxon Valdez. The building of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline brought a population surge similar to that seen during the Yukon Gold Rush of earlier times.

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But above all of the pivotal events of Alaska history I think of the natural wonders of the vastness that is Alaska. One cannot watch the three or four episodes of Art Wolfe’s “Travel to the Edge” TV show without being in awe of the beauty of this natural world of environmental extremes and animal diversity. And then there is the Grandure of Mount McKinley and Denali National Park. It lifts my spirit to a higher plane. Long may it remain that way.

But when it was purchased from the Russian Empire by William Seward, Secretary of State to two Presidents: Lincoln and Johnson. When it was finally ratified by the Senate it was called “Seward’s Folly” because of the apparent desolation of the land. Today, Seward would seem to be vindicated as we have come to appreciate the wisdom of this decision.

But let’s get on to today’s exploration…  GLB

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Quotations Related to ALASKA:

    

“Alaska has great potential for new oil and gas development.”
— Frank Murkowski

“I missed that question on Alaska. I hear they want to make it a state now.”
— Anson Williams

“The original settlers of Alaska apparently were Russian.”
— Jeff Goldblum

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