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Aleutian Islands, Alaska
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35th Engineers Brigade build the Alcan Highway 35th Engineers Brigade build the Alcan Highway
 Caterpillar tractor from the 35th Engineers, breaking up the rocky surface for the Alcan Highway in Alaska. The pioneer road totaled 1543 miles with more than 200 bridges and 8000 culverts.  The Alcan Highway served the American and Canadian military until the end of World War II when it was opened to civilian traffic.
 
 
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388th Battalion repairing trucks at camp 388th Battalion repairing trucks at camp
 388th Battalion (Separate) who are building the Alcan Highway, are back in camp repairing trucks and equipment, October 1942. The 93rd, 95th, 97th (Regiments) and 388th Battalion (Separate) of the Corps of Engineers assigned to Alaska.  The 3,695 African American troops accounted for slightly more than a third of the 10,607 engineers on the highway. These soldiers made a major contribution to the war effort which, until recently, was not recognized.
 
 
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7th Infantry and Castner's Cutthroats land at Massacre Bay 7th Infantry and Castner's Cutthroats land at Massacre Bay
 US Seventh Infantry Division troops and Castner's Cutthroats, land at Massacre Bay, Attu Island, Alaska, May 11, 1943.
 
 
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A-20 Havoc bomber crash landing at airfield A-20 Havoc bomber crash landing at airfield
 A plane that crashed at the base of the Air Transport Command, but was repaired and made it to the Russo-German front, Nome, Alaska.
 
 
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Army trucks and dog sled on the Alcan Highway Army trucks and dog sled on the Alcan Highway
 Army trucks ride along the Alcan Highway with Alaskan native on dog sled after snowstorm, November 1942.
 
 
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Bell P-39 Airacobra covered in snow Bell P-39 Airacobra covered in snow
 A blanketed Bell P-39 Airacobra in the snow at the Alaskan wing base of the Air Transport Command, Nome, Alaska, 1944.
 
 
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Bulldozer from 18th Engineer Brigade Bulldozer from 18th Engineer Brigade
 Bulldozer from the 18th Engineer Brigade, knocking down trees and cutting a roadway for the Alcan Highway, June 1944. The pioneer road completed in 1942 was approximately 1,680 miles from Dawson Creek to Delta Junction.
 
 
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Canadian contractors working on the Alcan Highway Canadian contractors working on the Alcan Highway
 Canadian independent contractors use graders to help level the road along the Alcan Highway, June 1942. More than 10,000 U.S. troops worked in cooperation with Canadian troops and independent contractors to accomplish this engineering feat in just over eight months!
 
 
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Caterpillar tractor working on Alcan Highway Caterpillar tractor working on Alcan Highway
 Caterpillar tractor pushing grader over a section of the Alcan Highway, April 1942.
 
 
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Construction of the Alcan Highway Construction of the Alcan Highway
 Bulldozer from the 341st Engineers pulling a grader during construction of the Alcan Highway, April 1942. More than 10,000 U.S. troops worked in cooperation with Canadian troops and independent contractors to accomplish this engineering feat in just over eight months!
 
 
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CTLS Tanks near Dutch Harbor CTLS Tanks near Dutch Harbor
 Marmon-Herrington CTLS tanks maneuvering around mountain pass near Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The first tank is a CTLS-4TAY light tank T15, with its turret offset to the right, the driver sitting on the left. The next tank is a CTLS-4TAC light tank T14 in which that arrangement is reversed, Summer, 1942.
 
 
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Douglas A-20 Havoc bombers in Nome, Alaska Douglas A-20 Havoc bombers in Nome, Alaska
 A row of Douglas A-20 Havoc bombers along the air strip at the Alaskan air wing base, Nome, Alaska.
 
 
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Douglas A-20 in preflight to Siberia Douglas A-20 in preflight to Siberia
 Checking over a Douglas A-20 Havoc bomber during preflight, before taking off for Siberia, Nome, Alaska, 1944.
 
 
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Graders level roadbed during construction Graders level roadbed during construction
 Two graders from the 340th Engineer Regiment, at work on levelling the roadbed for the Alcan Highway, June 1942. The Alaska Highway (also known Alaska-Canadian Highway, or ALCAN Highway) was constructed during World War II and connects the Continental U.S. to Alaska through Canada.
 
 
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Japanese soldiers after attack on Attu Japanese soldiers after attack on Attu
 Japanese soldiers used hand grenades to commit suicide when it was clear that their final banzai attack on Attu, failed. Holtz Bay, Alaska, May 29, 1943.
 
 
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Japanese trenches on top of Fishhook Ridge Japanese trenches on top of Fishhook Ridge
 Japanese snow trenches on top of Fishhook Ridge, overlooking the pass from Holtz Bay to Chichagof Harbor, Alaska, 22 May 1943.
 
 
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P-39 Airacobra during preflight to Siberia P-39 Airacobra during preflight to Siberia
 Checking the radio of a P-39 Airacobra fighter, before taking off for Siberia, Nome Alaska, 1944.
 
 
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PBY-5 Catalina Seaplane on patrol, Aleutians PBY-5 Catalina Seaplane on patrol, Aleutians
 PBY-5A Catalina with Fleet Air Wing 4, on patrol over the Aleutians. Commanded by US Navy Captain Leslie Gehres, the FAW-4 consisted of three squadrons of Consolidated PBY Catalina patrol seaplanes. On March 15, 1943, FAW-4 headquarters moved westward from Kodiak to Adak, just before the Battle of Komandorski Islands on March 27, 1943. VP-51 was commanded by Cdr. Turner Day, Aleutians, Alaska.
 
 
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Soldiers fire mortar shells at Japanese positions Soldiers fire mortar shells at Japanese positions
 US Soldiers in trench fire mortar shells over a ridge at Japanese position on Attu island, Aleutians, Alaska, June 4, 1943.
 
 
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Southern landing force at Massacre Bay Southern landing force at Massacre Bay
 Landing craft with the southern landing force from 3rd Battalion, 17th Infantry Division, disembarking soldiers and equipment onto the beach at Massacre Bay, Attu, Aleutian Islands, 11 May 1943.
 
 
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Trucks and supplies for the Alcan Highway Trucks and supplies for the Alcan Highway
 Railroad flatcars bringing in trucks and supplies for building the Alcan Highway in Alaska, 1 March 1942.
 
 
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US Troops enter Holtz Bay US Troops enter Holtz Bay
 US Troops with 1st Battalion enter the west arm of Holtz Bay viewed from the ridge over which the troops advanced on to Attu. Note the crashed Japanese Zero next to the bay, center of photo, June 1943.
 
 
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US Troops haul supplies to the front US Troops haul supplies to the front
 American troops sending supplies to the front lines during the battle for Attu Island, May 13, 1943.
 
 
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Wrecked Bell P-39 Airacobra Wrecked Bell P-39 Airacobra
 A wrecked Bell P-39 Airacobra, at the Alaska wing base of the Air Transport Command 1943, Nome, Alaska.
 
 
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