Dutch Harbor Remembrance Day May 31, 2018 Executive Proclamation by Governor Bill Walker WHEREAS, on June 3, 1942, Japanese aircraft attacked Dutch Harbor on Amaknak Island, bringing World War II to Alaskan soil; and WHEREAS, a message intercepted weeks earlier had alerted Navy and Marine personnel of the invasion, and the Japanese pilots who had not expected resistance were met with heavy anti-aircraft fire; and WHEREAS, the attacking pilots had expected to find a major airfield or carrier fleet at Dutch Harbor. When they did not discover their primary targets, they attacked the Margaret Bay Naval barracks, and took the lives of 25 servicemen; and WHEREAS, this attack on Dutch Harbor was the first hostile action on Alaska soil, but not the last. In the days and weeks that followed, Dutch Harbor was attacked again, and the islands of Adak, Kiska, and Attu were invaded and held by Japanese forces. Residents who survived the invasion were taken to Japan as prisoners; and WHEREAS, in response to the attacks, the United States hastily relocated 881 Unangan (Aleut) people from their homes to internment camps in Southeast Alaska. As a result of the exceedingly poor conditions of the camps, and inadequate preparation and supplies, more than one in ten evacuees perished; and WHEREAS, thousands of soldiers fought in the harsh Alaskan climate and unforgiving terrain to liberate the last frontier and retake the Aleutian Islands; and WHEREAS, each year, on the anniversary of the bombing of Dutch Harbor, we honor all who were affected by the attack, and remember those who paid the ultimate price to defend the Aleutian Islands during World War II. NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Walker, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim June 3, 2018 as: Dutch Harbor Remembrance Day in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to honor and remember all who were lost in Alaska During World War II. I also order Alaska State flags to be flown at half-staff on June 3, 2018 to honor those who died or were displaced as a result of the attack on Dutch Harbor.