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"LEST WE FORGET"

A great battle of WWII took place on the Island of Attu, sovereign American soil, territory of Alaska during the period 11 May to 29 May 1943. Both the American and Japanese forces suffered losses of staggering proportions.

It culminated in a massive banzai attack by nearly 1,000 Japanese soldiers led by Colonel Yasuyo Yamazaki at Engineer Hill on 29 May 1943.

Once it was over, 549 Americans of the U.S. 7th Infantry Division and the fighting 4th Infantry Regiment of the Alaska Defense Force had been killed in action during this 19 day battle. Over 250 on Engineer Hill alone. 1,148 had been wounded and 2,100 were casualties of the severe weather which plagues Attu in winter.

1,851 soldiers of the Empire of Japan were killed in battle and when it was realized the battle was lost, nearly 500 more committed suicide by placing a live grenade to their belly or head. Only 29 were captured.

On July 4, 1943, men who had remained on the island assembled at Little Falls Cemetery to say their final farewell to these men or valor – heroes all!

Major Charles G. Fredericks read Roll Call of the honored dead.

Lieutenant Colonel Glen A. Nelson spoke of the horrors of war.

A Sergeant sang “My Buddy”.

Chaplain Habetz gave a prayer of remembrance and sacrifice in which he sanctified the entire battlefield area as “Hallowed Ground”.

After the volley, the last note of “taps” echoed over the mountains. Then it was over.

Captain Robert C. Foulston started to give the order “Forward March”, but the word “March” stuck in his throat.

With chins clamped hard and wet eyes blinking, the silent fighting men marched off the field.

It had been paid for. Attu was again, ours.

ROLL CALL

ALABAMA

Bennett, William P. Eufaula

Bradshaw, Charles Montgomery

Bragdon, Ernest Mobile

Doing, Neal Bessmer

Gurganus, John Jasper

Smith, Bert Lannett

Stevens, Raymond Birmingham

Sufhe, Cecil Anniston

Tanhershey, James Cullman

Wright, Floyd Prattville

ALASKA (TERRITORY OF)

Browne, Levi Anchorage

Sands, Lonnie Anchorage

Sano, William Naknak

Tanhershey, James Cullman

ARIZONA

Daniel, Edward Florence

ARKANSAS

Alverson, Charles Barling

Anderson, Walter Moro

Bone, Charles Gurdon

Brown, Clatus Pine Bluff

Gowans, David Mack

Howell, John Little Rock

Price, George Genoa

Smith, Ernest Silver

White, George Bonnerdale

CALIFORNIA

About, Joseph Sunnyvale

Albright, Johathan Santa Monica

Alleger, Joseph Berkley

Allen, Charles Modesto

Allen, Fred Oakland

Alonso, Emiliano Los Angeles

Altfield, Alvin San Francisco

Ashby, Ben O. Pixley

Atkinson, Alonso Willow Ranch

Avalos, Manuel Madera

Avilla, Ernest Gilroy

Avilla, Julio W. Hollywood

Baggett, Eddie Button Willow

Bailey, William Los Angeles

Barnes, Russell San Jose

Barrios, Edmundo Firebough

Bassett, John San Deigo

Bertolli, Mario San Francisco

Beyer, Elvon Grass Valley

Bogdanoff, Fred Los Angeles

Borello, Carlo Oakland

Bradley, Dean San Francisco

Bresch, Ernest Carmel

Buckhanna, Charles San Diego

Buffum, Dudley Johnstonville

Cantrell, Leslie Selma

Chong, Donald San Luis Obispo

Clark, Laurence Paso Robles

Colombo, Enzo San Leandre

Crane, Robert Oakland

Cunha, Joseph Phehaluma

Curry, Garland Strathmore

Davis, Thadius Tranquillity

Deras, Lou Los Angeles

Dias, Joseph Santa Clara

Dittenbir, Edwin Sanger

Dorroe, William Oakland

Earle, Colonel Edward P. Monterey Comdr, 17th Infantry Reg

Edwards, Gale Anamosa

Ellis, Robert Riverside

Einersen, Glen Eureka

Evensen, Emil Ft Bragg

Fairover, Stephen Placerville

Faria, Carl Campbell

Ferrando, C.D. San Francisco

Finck, Laurence N. Salinas

Fine, Robert San Jose

Fish, Lt. Col. James Carmel *Jim Fish Valley

Flischmann, Ed San Francisco

Fong, Albert San Francisco

Franklin, Leonard Piedmont

Garrett, John San Jose

Gillishaw, George Pasadena

Goforth, Lucian Bellflower

Green, Floyd Richmond

Greive, George San Francisco

Hall, Richard Fresno

Hanson, Donald Oakland

Hathwell, Reynaldo Los Angeles

Hill, Edwin Ben Lomond

Hoffer, Leander Santa Anna

Homolac, Eugene Hawthorne

Hunter, Harold Alhambra

Jensen, Albert Petaluma

Jewell, Harold Oakland

Jones, James Los Molinos

Kane, Lee Perris

Kelly, Theodore Napa

Keys, Charles Montebello

Knaus, Charles Pomona

Kratsinger, K. T. Santa Cruz

Lefler, Arthur Dunsmuir

Lewis, Cale Winter

Lightner, Ira Los Angeles

Logan, Tex Venice

Lomas, Elmer Thermal

Lueder, Bill Half Moon Bay

Martinez, Benjamin Los Angeles

McClelland, William Santa Barbara

McDonald, Patrick Alaneda

McKaon, Chris San Francisco

Miner, Douglas El Cerrito

Minor, Oscar San Jose

Mohroy, Arthur San Diego

Mojica, Arthur Sacramento

Montonez, John Fresno

Moreno, John Hanford

Mosher, Robert N. Palo Alto

Mosley, John Oakland

Moyen, George Los Angeles

Mutch, Frederick Los Angeles

Nunnemaker, Lyle Eureka

Nurre, William Oakland

Orseo, Mario Campbell

Ortiz, Frank Wilmington

Pasos, James Los Angeles

Parra, Eugene Mt. Shasta

Pohling, Raymond Los Angeles

Quilala, Armen San Francisco

Rassett, Fred Redwood City

Redding, Kenneth Madera

Ritzman, Benjamin Alhambra

Rivera, Gostello Los Angeles

Rivera, Louis Los Angeles

Robbins, Leo Roscoe

Roberts, Herbert Piedmont

Robinson, Beverly Carmel

Rose, Joseph Gustine

Rosenstein, Michael Los Angeles

Roth, Aluac Berkley

Ruain, Joe Los Angeles

Seacar, John Oakland

Segura, Felix San Jose

Sellers, Wesley Los Angeles

Selva, Alfonso Los Angeles

Shaffer, George Burbank

Shapiro, Arthur Los Angeles

Shipley, George Compton

Siddens, Jack Carmel

Smith, Mervin Susanville

Solano, Steve Pittsburg

Sorense, Miels Grass Valley

Stewart, Samuel San Francisco

Strong, Frederick San Francisco

Stubbins, Robert Arlington

Thomason, Clyde Paso Robles

Truffull, William Los Angeles

Trumbull, Rollin Sacramento

Vanderlean, Gary Kaywood

Voigt, Loren Pasadena

Watson, Robert Pacific Grove

Weimer, Marshall Napa

Westerburg, Nils San Francisco

Wunsch, Harold Monravia

Youdhewitz, Rueben Los Angeles

Zepeda, Francisco Los Angeles

Zwingo, Theodore Stockton

COLORADO

Martinez, Joseph Pvt Ault Awarded posthumously the Medal of Honor [Joe was killed in action 26 May 1943] They named a mountain after him on Attu in his honor.

Sutton, George Colorado Springs

CONNECTICUT

Crinock, George Shelton

Kohn, Harold Hartford

DELAWARE

Lutz, George Wilmington

FLORIDA

Guttery, Bert Daytona Beach

Karner, John Wempum

Labat, Etienne Tallahassee

Sparrows, James Branford

Stevenson, Robert Punta Gorda

GEORGIA

Adams, Howell Elberton

Barnes, Wayne Augusta

Faith, William Decatur

Free, Roy Rome

Fullard, Cecil Waycross

Johnson, J. Moultrie

McMichen, Warner Dallas

Walker, Robert Pelham

Wells, Newton Helena

HAWAII (TERRITORY OF)

Isaacs, Lawrence Honolulu

IDAHO

Adams, Lyle Chatcolet

Anderson, Orson Soda Springs

Christensen, Hyrum Gooding

Johnson, Fred New Meadows

Kaufman, Leonard Lewiston

Newman, Donald Caldwell

Wright, Ray Sand Point

ILLINOIS

Alvey, William Morrisonville

Anderson, Erik Rockford

Bostic, Charles Waverly

Boswell, James Calumet City

Brundage, Paul Berwin

Burton, Howard Rockford

Clark, William Chicago

Conrad, Kenneth St. Francisville

Dettemer, Wilbert Steelville

Dunn, Leo Macon

Dupuis, Jack Evanston

Endecavageh, G.G. Lemont

Giazzon, Albert Chicago

Gilbert, Harry Chicago

Gondela, Alexander Chicago

Haid, Peter Chicago

Hammonds, James Sesser

Heim, Howard Chicago

Hulling, Earl Pontiac

Hunsley, Clifton Clinton

Jackson, James Springfield

Jewell, Harold Rockford

Jodlowski, Stanley Chicago

Johnson, Clarence Chicago

Karkalics, Louis Chicago

Koestner, George Chicago

Konwent, Anthony Chicago

Koroll, Robert Durand

Kyrizopulos, L. G. River Grove

Lengel, Vernie Dixon

Licatesi, Charles Chicago

Marcinek, Louis Chicago

Masters, William Robinson

Mattei, Renaldo Chicago

Mayee, Delbert Chicago

McCool, Fred Orangeville

Nelson, Gerald Batavia

Nelson, Irwin Batavia

Nowak, Alexander Chicago

Orlow, Joseph Chicago

Pierson, Arthur Putman

Pluncinski, Raymond Chicago

Reddish, Robert E. Alton

Reed, Thomas Peoria

Roy, Robert Wauhegan

Scales, Henry Chicago

Schuster, Dick Crestwood

Sharpless, Jack Chicago

Smith, Maurice Chicago

Snyder, Herbert Cartheage

Subjoot, John Chicago

Watson, Jack Moline

Wegrzyn, Stanley Chicago

Willis, Elmer Coal City

Zei, Peter Chicago

INDIANA

Becker, Raymond Indianapolis

Black, Harold Michigan City

Cunningham, Howard Willtown

Fislar, Joe Indianapolis

Jaboe, Louis Tell City

Krupa, Frank South Bend

Nees, Charles Brazil

Roberts, Donald Clinton

Sapp, Robert Cortland

Sparks, Everett Welltown

Temple, Wallace Borden

IOWA

Adams, John Fort Dodge

Bock, Vernon Glidden

Caldwell, Wayne Alburnett

Egel, Raymond Davenport

Fruch, James St. Mary’s

Gibson, Forest Douds

Hime, George Blencos

Marshall, Robert Mystic

Neuroth, Lawrence Wasley

Newhall, Ellis Holyoke

McKeon, Lovell Mediapolis

Sufhe, Cecil Anthon

Watson, Homer Conrad

Wihu, Nils Burlington

KANSAS

Abplanlp, John Burns

Benson, Raymond Kansas City

Caldwell, Wilbur Aradia

Childers, Ernest Beloit

Davidson, Charles Madison

Hague, John Chanute

Lee, Howard Salina

Lefler, Dale Dunsmuir

McBride, Harold Fulton

Moore, Raymond Angonia

Williams, Earl Topeka

KENTUCKY

Birge, Lonnie Summer Shade

Hanson, Warner Park City

Mahuron, Lawrence Louisville

Rayburn, Claude Wheatcroft

Simpson, James Lebanon

Wilson, Charles Louisville

LOUISIANA

Guess, Morris New Orleans

McKague, Walter Jennings

Mosley, William Vivian

MAINE

False, V. L. Augusta

Quelletta, Ray Sanford

Savage, Harold Lincoln

Wright, Leslie Seal Harbor

MARYLAND

Benson, Harry Baltimore

Friedberg, Herbart Baltimore

Myers, Harry Baltimore

Morrison, Max Baltimore

MASSACHUSETTS

Benner, Rex Boston

Black, Allen Arlington

Clevesy, Lt. Samuel W. Medford *Clevesy Pass

Elwell, Lloyd Leominster

Gadbois, Row St. Spencer

Keith, Julian Maynard

Ligom, Jacob Litchburg

Nelson, Arthur Ware

Prendergast, Joseph Ware

Rogerson, Henry Lowell

Van Larrhaven, Hank Stoughton

Viele, Sidney Scituate Center

Whithick, Robert Boston

MICHIGAN

Ballentine, Kenneth Davison

Borden, William Birmingham

Carson, Alfred Detroit

Clark, Richard East Lake

Darge, Arthur Detroit

Dory, William Sault Ste Marie

Eilers, Charles Dearborn

Faferko, Walter Montrose

False, V. L. Augusta

Francisconi, J. Highland Park

Gommey, L. E. Sagola

Gordon, Kenneth Detroit

Haringsma, John Holland

Hays, George Ann Arbor

Hilborn, Oliver Lansing

Holderman, Kenneth Jackson

Johnson, W. L. Lansing

Ladds, Raymond Detroit

LaFleur, Arthur Escanaba

Martin, Raymond Detroit

Massa, Ernest Iron Mountain

Mazur, Casmer St. Clair

Mieszczur, Edward Dearborn

Miller, John E. Montrose

Millich, John Detroit

Nelson, Thomas Bark River

Orr, Wilton Kenosha

Owens, Alfred Detroit

Rumble, Emery Rochester

Sander, Edward Muskegon

Smolary, Aleck Gaylord

Terrell, Leonard Detroit

Tomala, Adolf Detroit

Reaney, Thomas Rothbury

MINNESOTA

Anderson, William Fairmont

Addison, Amus Walnut Grove

Archerd, Lynn St. Paul

Bernhardt, Daniel Triumph

Bettin, Frank Parker’s Prairie

Drieman, Malcolm Hopper

Carlisle, Carl St. Paul

Flaherty, Bernard Buffalo

Fortier, Hoyt Minneapolis

Gilbertson, Kenneth Dale

Hanson, Berchard N. Farebualt

Haroldson, Alton Amboy

Himes, Walter Sauk Centre

Hinderscheit, R. J. New Prague

Hubner, Arthur St. Charles

Jensen, Jens Clark’s Grove

Johnson, Lloyd Lake Lillian

Johnson, Martin Bruno

Klimp, Henry Clitherall

Krause, Henry Northfield

Lee, Leroy Minneapolis

Lohi, Norman Monhaga

Lonkey, Donald Anoka

LucRen, Ben S. Minneapolis

McKliget, Patrick St. Paul

Moriarty, Anthony Shakopee

Ney, Robert Maple Lake

Olson, Earl Detroit Lakes

Ostdahl, Roger W. Duluth

Perry, Arno Deer River

Pooler, Clyde Carlos

Ranta, Arvo Gilbert

Ronning, Cleo Hendricks

Rugland, Milton Roseau

Shelton, Kenneth Pennach

Steinback, Clarence Fairfax

Stephenberg, Kenneth Pennach

Steil, Wilfred St. Cloud

Syhara, Burdett Windom

Ryberg, Clayborne Conter City

Story, Joel Zumbrota

Wegner, Vernon W. Fairbault

Young, Charles Muskogee

MISSISSIPPI

Brannon, A. N. Jackson

Brown, Ellis Utica

Clardy, Eugene Yazoo City

Pannell, Prontiss Marion

Rawis, William Collins

Taylor, Carroll Woodville

MISSOURI

Ballanger, G.E. Greentop

Bennett, William Sedalia

Basley, Walter St. Louis

Barrett, Claude Hiram

Chaney, Dewey Sedalia

Hoelscher, Howard St. Louis

Joseph, Ralph Bowling

Kimball, Lewis Stet

Lane, Cecil Kansas City

McDoniel, Henry Silkeston

Moore, Robert Sedalia

Mowan, Emmet Anderson

Reeder, Robert Springfield

Reiss, John St. Louis

Winston, Orville St. Louis

Wright, William Blairstown

MONTANA

Beedie, Robert Teigen

Derana, Val Butte

Fish, Daniel Helena

McDonald, Frederick Grass Range

Munro, John Thurlow

O’Donnell, Thomas Billings

NEBRASKA

Brown, Lyle Haggler

Carter, Walter Wilcox

Clements, Robert Burwell

Jarmin, John Lincoln *Jarmin Pass

Miller, John P. Lexington

Seibenaler, Francis Kimball

Ware, John Omaha

NEW JERSEY

Galante, Frank Jersey City

Kalapos, Stephen Trenton

Kent, John Newark

Meary, James Bayonne

Moskins, Sidney Morristown

Saltzman, Stephen Newark

NEW MEXICO

Anaya, B. N. Santa Fe

Ansurez, P.G. Albuquerque

Gallagos, Ramon Albuquerque

NEW YORK

Austin, Emory New York City

Barnes, Arlo Niagara Falls

Bracco, Louis Long Island

Cavanaugh, William Long Island

Cole, Francis Cato

Ember, Charles Mt. Vernon

Galati, Ross Brooklyn

Goshman, Carl Brooklyn

Johnson, Albert Bronx

Leussler, James New York City

Lynch, Joseph Bronx

Russo, John Brooklyn

San Filipo, S. A. Amsterdam

Shuman, Herbert Burt

Sullivan, Eugene Bronx

Swenson, John Poughkeepsie

Tambs, Clifford Syracuse

Tancdri, Edward Yonkers

Telemachos, Michael Long Island

Torre, Salvatore Brooklyn

Van Orden, Roy Holly

Van Wagoner, Don Crackett

Wong, Mow Brooklyn

NORTH CAROLINA

Ashbraner, Cecil Vale

Brewer, Luther Charlotte

Hunter, Claude Marion

Ivey, Tom Gastonia

Lathorp, George Morgantown

Powell, Joseph Whiteville

Whitaker, Carlton Raleigh

NORTH DAKOTA

Baker, Bert Hazelton

Berg, Ellis Hanks

Blezien, Elmer Battle View

Burkle, Milbert Weevick Lake

Calheim, Raymone Mercer

Crudin, Willis N. Fargo

Dionne, Louis Belcourt

Docktor, Robert Jamestown

Ennis, Vernie Donnybrook

Lokken, Fred Nason

Miller, John P. St. Anthony

Peterson, Harvey Flaxton

Roland, Francis Bismark

Seiben, Harry Glenburn

Slatten, Raymond Westhope

Willnan, Leonard Donnelly

OHIO

Barker, Elsa Germantown

Bohnlein, Thomas Delphos

Cullinan, Paul Youngstown

Eyler, William London

Farmer, Harry Chillicothe

Kochman, S. Cleveland

Kowalski, Thaddeus Cleveland

Lent, Kenneth Lower Salem

Little, Robert Columbus

Manning, Ned Clarksville

Petres, Joseph Mansfield

Ross, Lee Waldo

Rozuh, Raymond Cleveland

Rukusan, Victor Cleveland

Seifert, George Arlington

Schroth, George Anamantle

Thomas, Wallace Dayton

Washburn, Kenneth Springfield

OKLAHOMA

Anderson, Woodrow Hochatown

Robbins, Kelly Snow

Schoonover, Thomas Biner

Scott, Robert Hitcnunck

OREGON

Fields, Glen Bonanaza

McGee, Eugene Portland

Phillips, Lloyd Portland

PENNSYLVANIA

Bates, David Lathrope

Blozevich, Charles St. Michael

Deminczyk, Paul Pittsburg

Diehm, Norman Lancaster

Doyle, David Philadelphia

Fillmore, Arthur Harrisburg

Hanlon, Robert Philadelphia

Heinemann, Melvin Pittsburg

Kepich, Charles Donora

Kristick, Nicolas Vandergift

Morris, Francis Philadelphia

Murphy, Walter Pittston

Obodzinski, Edward New Castleboro

Paulson, W. Bethlehem

Patto, George Johnstown

Sadashi, Walt Mayfield

Shipman, Donovan N. Braddock

Teugher, John Wilkinsburg

RHODE ISLAND

Jastezbski, Steven Central Falls

Korzen, Max Central Falls

Wyman, Newell Edgewood

SOUTH CAROLINA

Bracknell, Henry McCormick

Brown, John Converse

Hunter, James West Pelzer

Millwood, Vernard Spartanburg

Royster, Jack Townville

SOUTH DAKOTA

Ferguson, Fred Armour

Garvie, Keith Yankton

Harwood, Alvin Elm Springs

Huska, Rex Aurora

Orro, August Clane City

Sahmel, W. O. Hurley

Sharp, Lyle Milbore

Stack, William Letcher

Swason, Gordan Carson

TENNESSEE

Allison, James Monroe

Beamer, Jessie Chattanooga

Campbell, Joe Oliver Springs

Dixon, Glen Philadelphia

Emerson, Hallie Alamo

Lloyd, Wallace Spring City

Luffman, Charles Tharps

McClintock, Robert Cornersville

Morell, Jessie Memphis

Pennington, Will Hilham

Pitt, Henry Memphis

Price, Jessie Decater

Scott, Estel Dresden

Turner, Guy Baliner

Wilson, C. J. Buena Vista

Wilson, Earl Memphis

TEXAS

Acosta, Jesus El Paso

Bost, Leslie Dallas

Castillo, Juan Pharm

Deeds, Thomas Winchell

Elrod, Grover New Boston

Gagina, John San Antonio

Hail, Fred San Antonio

Hammons, Robert Houston

Hood, Houer Amarillo

Irwin, Rance Houston

Janac, Joe Snook

Lively, Thomas Huntsville

Marquez, Pilar Fabens

McWhorten, Clifford Athens

Messer, Chester Farmersville

Moore, John White Deer

Murchison, Duane Buchannan

Nieto, Enrique Floresville

Olson, Charles Beaumont

Pacheco, Juan Pleasanton

Stice, Dale Beeville

UTAH

Baker, William Wood Cross

Gaither, Camp Salt Lake City

Kanell, Leo Salt Lake City

Rands, John Ogden

Sanborn, Francis W. Spanish Park

Thomas, Arthur Salt Lake City

VIRGINIA

Lane, John Fairfax

Richardson, Bill Harrison

WASHINGTON

Baughman, William Tekoa

Beirlein, William Spokane

Bergland, Gerald Seattle

Deffinbaugh, Larry Spokane

Ellis, Robert Kelso

Gorman, Herbert Bremerton

Howard, William Kirkland

Norland, Melvin Tacoma

Pease, Joseph Spokane

Shellenburger, Dale Toppenish

Rehfeld, William Vancouver

WEST VIRGINIA

Ash, Denver Robertsburg

Austin, Harold Fairmont

Jalascic, John Wheeling

Ruhy, Silman Alum Creek

Sidell, Bruce Morgantown

Warden, Basil Abney

WISCONSIN

Bennett, Robert Townsend

Carroll, William Eland

Elwood, Charles Baraboo

Falkowski, Frank Stevenspoint

Gruefe, Cletus Appleton

Heckendorn, Gordan Oconomowoc

Keiser, Victor Sheboygan

Luehring, Frederick Burnette

Oswald, Warren Greenwood

Rombeck, Walter Wansan

Smith, Kenneth Ladysmith

Stark, Robert Waukeaka

Wanta, Hubert Stephens Point

Zitzelbug, M. F. Almena

WASHINGTON D.C.

Baker, Walter

Dougherty, Donald

Wiltshire, Jack Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada

*Certain locations on Attu were re-named after the battle to honor both living and dead American soldiers.



"Watch the movie and if you agree that the Japanese Memorial should be moved off Engineer Hill please sign the petition. It is an atrocity and reflects a complete and shameful disrespect of our soldiers who fought there on Attu, Alaska. I watched this movie when it was released on PBS several years ago. I had the opportunity to talk to Bill Jones and vowed that I would support any and all efforts to remove this memorial from the sacred ground where our soldiers were massacred. All veterans should be outraged. All Americans should be demanding that our government right this wrong. All of these men were heros and they died for you and me. Please do not let their suffering be in vain." -Karen Montgomery
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