UNALASKA, Alaska--—It's often referred to as the birth place of the winds, with an ancient history that dates back more than 9,000 years, culturally rich and steeped in tradition.
|Dutch Harbor, Alaska|
The Aleutian region is made up of about 100 islands that stretch nearly 1,200 miles west from the tip of the Alaska Peninsula, marks the line between the Bering Sea.
Dutch Harbor on a rare, sunny winter's day
But for all its beauty, this was once the scene of suffering and brutality.
Roughly 6 months after America entered the World War II, the Japanese attacked Dutch harbor and invaded both the islands of Kiska and Attu, the first and only time that a foreign army has occupied U.S. soil since the war of 1812.
Video and the rest of the story here.
Personal note: I was stationed on Adak for two years in the mid-70s. That island is some 1,325 miles west/southwest of Anchorage, and I can personally confirm the video comments about rugged terrain and rugged, brutal weather.
I absolutely loved it.