The Lands of 50 mph Fog
The Japanese in the Aleutians
After the Japanese attacks on Dutch Harbor, Alaska on
the 3rd and 4th of June, 1942, six months after the attack
by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor, the Aleutian islands of
Kiska and Attu were captured and garrisoned by the
Japanese. Capt. Takeji Ono of the Japanese Imperial
Navy and his Japanese No. 3 Special Landing Party and
500 Japanese Marines landed on Narukami-shima
(Kiska) a little after 1 a.m. on the 7th of June, 1942. These
were followed by another contingency of approximately
1000 Japanese Infantry. Concurrently on the 6th of June
1942, the Japanese 301st Independent Infantry Battalion
landed on Attu via Chichagof Harbor.
These pages are about the Japanese as they occupied
these islands in the Aleutians during WWII. The pictures
have been derived from old WWII-era Japanese photo
magazines, newspapers, and even some photos taken
from film developed from captured Japanese cameras
after the re-capture of the islands from the Japanese.
There are several stories regarding the war's conduct
from the perspective of Japanese soldiers stationed on
Attu. These stories came from several captured diaries
penned by their owners and captured by the Americans
at the end of the Battle for Attu. See these links:
Efforts have also been ongoing to return Japanese WWII
memorabilia, including "battle flags," to their owners or
owner's relatives. These are links to a successful
reuniting of a flag by Russ Marvin, with the 2nd link to a
Japanese web site that will aid this process immensely,
and a 3rd link from a Japanese newspaper showing how
difficult this process can be:
We thank Ms. Naomi Tabuchi, Mr. Kiyoshi Nishiha, Mr.
Nishiha's daughter Mrs. Megumi Morioka, and Dr.
Yasuhiko Kaji for their help providing these links and for
putting forth the effort to also bring Japanese
memorabilia back home to Japan.
Last Updated: 26 April 2022
Originally published 26 August 2005