Photo contributions from George & Nadine Smith, J. Rene “Frenchy” Thibault, Dan Lange, Ken Benthian, Melvin & Stephen White, U. S. Army, U. S. Navy, and from eBay purchases. Click on each photo thumbnail to see a larger rendition. If anyone can identify the photographer for any individual photos, or can identify any of the unidentified folks in these pictures, please eMail the info to me! Thanks! Click on the Grid Map to view it as a larger image. As photos are added to this page, I'll attempt to add location coordinates that reference this map.
1. J. Rene "Frenchy" Thibault standing by the door of the Guard Shack, Attu, 1946. (Rene Thibault)[Rene passed away on the 12th of January, 2011 while having lived in North Uxbridge, Massachusetts.] Link to Anchor
2. So, what's going on here? Seems like it's Rene Thibault, on Attu...but what has happened to the building? Ah, a little tomfoolery by HLS's graphics artist, Nadine Smith. The building photo was shot in 1995, while Rene's photo was from 1946! See photo #2 above for a view of the building (and Rene) in 1946.
3. The Marine Brig, Attu, 1946. Interior view. Chances are if you were in the Navy (or Marines) and had a little too much kickapoo joy juice to drink, you would end up here! (R. Thibault)
4. Sometimes the bonds of friendship are eternal...well, at least for over 50 years! Kober Seippel (on the left) and Rene Thibault, friends on Attu in 1946, meet up again at Camp Pendleton, CA in August of 1996.
5. Attu's South Barracks, 1946. Rene Thibault's bunk was under the middle window on the second floor. (R. Thibault)
6. The 28th of May, 1946, 2nd Squad's Squad Room, Top Side, South Barracks. From left to right: Rick Shwery, Ed Robnett, Bob Stone, Charles Pizzotti, J.R."Frenchy" Thibault, Kober Seippel. Standing behind stove: Bill Thornberg. In bunk on the right: "Buzz" Sawyer. There's a doorway behind the stove pipe, behind the rifles, that goes into another similar squad room.
7. Attu, February 1946. Left to right: Thornberg, Velasco, and Jones. Jones passed away in November of 1998. (Rene Thibault)
8. A 1946 panoramic view of the Marine Area looking South towards Massacre Bay and in the direction of Casco or Temnac Bay. For an enlarged version, click HERE. For a marked-up version, click HERE. To see the 1995 enlarged panoramic version, click HERE. (R. Thibault)
9. "LT 375 was built for the United States Army Transportation Service in June 1944 by Barbee Marine Yard, Seattle Washington. In November 1946 while serving duty with the United States Army Transportation Service in the Aleutians, LT 375 hit a reef at Attu harbor and sank. Her hull was towed out behind Alexi point landing, stripped, abandoned and turned bottom up." Click HERE for more info. eMail: Ken Benthian