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  Attu Homepage
Attu, the westernmost Aleutian island, is nearly 1,100 miles from the Alaskan mainland and 750 miles northeast of the northernmost of the Japanese Kurile Islands.
Attu was occupied on June 6th, 1942 by the Japanese, and was the site of some of the bloodiest fighting during W.W.II (second only to Iwo Jima) commencing on "D-Day," 11 May 1943.
The average rainfall is around 40 to 50 inches throughout the islands, with the heaviest rains experienced during fall and early winter.
www.hlswilliwaw.com /aleutians/attu-homepage.htm   (756 words)

  
  Attu Island Jeep Tops on The CJ3B Page
In June of 1942 the Japanese occupied Attu island, the furthest west of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.
It was a small island with only 45 Aleuts and an American school teacher and her husband living there, but it was of great strategic importance.
George Villasenor, a teenaged Naval Aerial Photographer, was assigned to Attu Island.
www.film.queensu.ca /CJ3B/Hardtops/Attu.html   (1092 words)

  
  Attu Island - Definition, explanation
Attu is the westernmost island in the Near Islands group of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, making it the westernmost point of land in Alaska and the United States.
It is nearly 1,700 km (1,100 miles) from the Alaskan mainland and 1200 km (750 miles) northeast of the northernmost of the Kurile Islands of Japan.
After the war, the survivors of the Otaru prison camp were repatriated to other Aleutian islands or to the mainland of Alaska, and the United States government decided to construct a LORAN station on the southern tip of Attu, at Theodore Point.
www.calsky.com /lexikon/en/txt/a/at/attu_island.php   (547 words)

  
  Attu - Search Results - MSN Encarta
The islands are located between the Bering Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, 710 km...
In the Pacific, U.S. troops retook Attu, in the Aleutians, in a hard-fought, 3-week battle beginning on May 23.
Alaska became a major battleground of the Pacific war in May 1943, when American troops landed on the island of Attu in the western Aleutians, and after heavy fighting destroyed the Japanese garrison.
ca.encarta.msn.com /Attu.html   (141 words)

  
 surfbirds.com - Attu Big Year
Attu Island is known as the premier migration spot in North America for seeing stray Asian vagrants.
If Attu delivers, as hoped for, this could turn out to be a very good year; if not, I'll pack it in and go back to playing golf for the rest of the summer.
Attu is known from earlier times, as the place where the Russians forced the Aleut natives into virtual slavery for their fur trading business.
www.surfbirds.com /Features/Attu.html   (1322 words)

  
 Logistics Problems on ATTU
The attack on Attu was a force-projection operation that provided logisticians with many lessons on the effects of terrain and weather on military operations and on soldiers and their equipment.
Attu is shrouded year round with fog that varies in density and can cover the island from the bays to the mountains, creating extreme overcast conditions that limit sunshine to a few days a year.
The invasion of Attu demonstrated that indirect fire was useful primarily for neutralization and not for the intended destruction of enemy forces.
www.almc.army.mil /alog/issues/MayJun03/MS778.htm   (2494 words)

  
 Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Attu was listed in the 1880 Census with 107 people; 101 in 1890; 29 in 1930; and 44 in 1940.
Attu and Kiska Islands were occupied by Japanese forces during World War II.
Attu was virtually destroyed in 1943 when the U.S. Army mounted a successful offensive from Adak against the Island.
www.apiai.com /tribeDesc.asp?page=tribes&tribe=Attu   (324 words)

  
 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Attu Island
Attu is the westernmost and largest island in the Near Islands group of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, making it the westernmost point of land relative to Alaska and the United States.
Attu Station, the only inhabited area on the island, is actually located at 52°51' north latitude, 173°11' east longitude, technically making it the easternmost point of Alaska (and the United States) in the eastern hemisphere.
After the war, the survivors of the Otaru prison camp were repatriated to other Aleutian islands or to the mainland of Alaska, and the United States government decided to construct a LORAN station on the southern tip of Attu, at Theodore Point.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Attu_Island   (907 words)

  
 TheHistoryNet | World War II | Battle of the Aleutian Islands: Recapturing Attu
Plagued by logistical difficulties and lackluster leadership, the battle for the Aleutian island of Attu remains largely forgotten.
Attu is the westernmost island of the Aleutians, a chain of some 70 islands stretching 1,700 miles from the southwest coast of Alaska and reaching out to within 650 miles of the Kurile Islands.
Attu was chosen as the first objective, since reconnaissance seemed to show that is was less heavily fortified than Kiska.
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 Attu - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Attu, westernmost of the Aleutian Islands, in south-western Alaska.
The islands are located between the Bering Sea and the north Pacific Ocean,...
In June 1942 the Japanese occupied the islands of Attu and Kiska in...
uk.encarta.msn.com /Attu.html   (90 words)

  
 Attu   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Attu Island is the westernmost of the U.S. Aleutians, actually located in the eastern hemisphere.
Attu was occupied by the Japanese in June 1942 and liberated in May 1943, but the climatological station did not resume operations (under the U.S. Navy) until 7/1/46.
This resumption coincided with a move of unknown distance and direction to a new elevation of 59 feet.
climate.gi.alaska.edu /history/Aleutians/Attu.html   (264 words)

  
 Timeline
In the Aleutian Islands, 7 B-24s and 1 B-17 fly photo and bombing missions to Attu Island, which appears deserted, and to Kiska and Agattu Islands; near misses are scored on a transport and a destroyer at Agattu.
On Attu Island, demolition charges are dropped on Holtz Bay, AA guns, and on a village; results are not observed.
In the Kurile Islands, of 3 B-24s departing Shemya Island, Aleutian Islands during the night of 12/13 Aug, 1 aborts while the other 2 bomb the Kashiwabara staging area on Paramushiru Island; later 6 B-25s fly a shipping sweep E of the N Kurils during which a fighter is downed.
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 Attu - Encyclopedia.com
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 2006 Attu Island Bird Watching
The Alaskan Island of Attu's position (nearly 1,500 miles from the Alaskan mainland) gives it the designation of being the westernmost destination in the United States.
Attu is every bird watcher's dream come true, as it claims more first and second ABA Checklist records than any other location on the continent.
The Sikumi has the necessary facilities for hosting an expedition to Attu; state-of-the-art navigational equipment, adequate water and fuel capacities, plenty of storage space for equipment and bicycles for exploring the island, a full service galley and chef, comfortable staterooms, and a washer and dryer.
www.sikumi.com /attu.html   (436 words)

  
 Attu Battlefield and U.S. Army and Navy Airfields on Attu -- Aviation: From Sand Dunes to Sonic Booms: A National ...
Attu Island is the site of the only World War II land battle in North America.
The island has no trees and the lower levels are covered with spongy tundra and a variety of plants.
The entire island is part of the Aleutian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, which is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
www.cr.nps.gov /nR/travel/aviation/att.htm   (802 words)

  
 Biological clock turned back in western Aleutians
They started killing foxes on islands in 1949 and discovered that it was possible to remove every single one from an island with a few years of effort.
During four years, the team moved 75 ptarmigan from Attu—an island so large and mountainous that ptarmigan may have used the extreme terrain to avoid the foxes that were there until 1999—to Agattu.
Kaler found ptarmigan on Agattu that were the descendents of birds that Ebbert and his coworkers released on the island in 2003, 2004, and 2005.
www.gi.alaska.edu /ScienceForum/ASF18/1830.html   (716 words)

  
 Attu Island History   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Russian traders overran the Aleutian Chain from Attu to Kodiak.
Attu's best example of these abuses is a spit of land, near Massacre Bay, called Murder Point where, in 1745, a band of traders executed 15 Attuans for some unknown transgression.
Through intermarriage, the Russian Orthodox Church was also introduced to Attu and became the islands main religion.
www.uscg.mil /d17/loranattu/history.htm   (357 words)

  
 Aleutian Islands
Because of Midway's importance—the island was within bomber range of Pearl Harbor—he concluded that Nimitz would redirect his fleet from the Aleutians to Midway to prevent the loss of the island.
Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea and of nearby Nome and its adjacent airfields on the Alaskan mainland.
Attu is 35 miles long and 15 miles wide, with snow-capped peaks that reach upward to 3,000 feet.
www.army.mil /cmh-pg/brochures/aleut/aleut.htm   (7052 words)

  
 surfbirds.com - Birding Attu; Fall 2000
Another trivia "factoid" is that at 172 degrees east longitude, Attu is actually in the Eastern Hemisphere meaning that it can be considered as either the westernmost point of United States (based on the geographical center of the US) or the easternmost (relative to the Greenwich Meridian).
Biking on the island is often through puddles, mud, and gravel so being in "bike shape" is a prerequisite to being able to charge after the rare birds reported from the various birding areas.
The island’s streams and rivers are full of spawning salmon and the tattlers fatten up on the eggs in preparation for their long over water flight to Polynesia.
www.surfbirds.com /Features/lastattu1.html   (2290 words)

  
 Attu Island, traveling west   (Site not responding. Last check: )
We arrived at Attu Island early in the morning but were unable to leave the ship because we hadn't passed through American customs.
The Japanese invaded Attu in June 1942 and the American retook it in May 1943 in an 18-day battles which was the second bloodiest of the war.
This is Semya Island, the extremely forsaken island on which my brother spent part of his Air Force career.
home.comcast.net /~dkavanau/Kamchatka.Alaska/attu/attu.html   (332 words)

  
 Biological clock turned back in western Aleutians of Alaska | AlaskaReport.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
They started killing foxes on islands in 1949 and discovered that it was possible to remove every single one from an island with a few years of effort.
During four years, the team moved 75 ptarmigan from Attu—an island so large and mountainous that ptarmigan may have used the extreme terrain to avoid the foxes that were there until 1999—to Agattu.
Kaler found ptarmigan on Agattu that were the descendents of birds that Ebbert and his coworkers released on the island in 2003, 2004, and 2005.
www.alaskareport.com /science10054.htm   (774 words)

  
 Attu
The island is protected as part of the National Parks Trust territory and few people visit the island or area, as it is restricted.
Afterwards, the Japanese garrisons on Attu and Kiska to fend for themselves.
The casualties incurred during the invasion of Attu were appalling.
www.pacificwrecks.com /provinces/alaska_attu.html   (542 words)

  
 Veterans Memorials to Visit in Alaska
In 1987, an 18 foot Peace Monument made of titanium was placed on Attu on a mountaintop, about four miles from the Coast Guard Loran Station, by the Japanese government, in cooperation with the U.S. It honors all soldiers who died on the Aleutian Islands during World War II.
On May 11, 1943, American forces began a 19 day campaign to retake Attu, which they did, only after a brutal campaign described as one of the bloodiest of the entire war.
Japan fought virtually to the last man. Of the 2,300 Japanese soldiers on Attu at the time of the American invasion, all were killed in battle except nearly 500 who committed suicide and 28 who survived and were taken prisoner.
www.ak-prepared.com /vetaffairs/japanesememorial.htm   (347 words)

  
 Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
Agattu is 27 nautical miles southeast from Attu Island's Massacre Bay, and is second only to Attu in size within the Near Island Group.
Arctic foxes were also released on 223,812-acre Attu, but ptarmigan survived, presumably because of extensive mountainous terrain available to breeding ptarmigan.
Today, Evermann's rock ptarmigan is confined to a single island, Attu, with an estimated population of 1,000 birds prior to the eradication of foxes there in 1999.
alaskamaritime.fws.gov /whatwedo/bioprojects/restorebiodiversity/ptarmigan.htm   (330 words)

  
 VENT's Birding Cruises - birding tours, birding cruises - Victor Emanuel Nature Tours
Remote and romantic, the island groups of The Seychelles are believed by many to be among the world's most beautiful places.
A one-of-a-kind opportunity to visit legendary Attu island in total comfort as we go in search of such rarely encountered seabirds as Short-tailed Albatross, Mottled Petrel, and Whiskered Auklet, as well as vagrant shorebirds and songbirds from Asia.
Our 2006 Attu trip was so successful that we have decided to offer it again in September 2009.
www.ventbird.com /cruises   (1048 words)

  
 EO Newsroom: New Images - Attu Island, Alaska
Attu Island is so far west, it’s actually in the Eastern Hemisphere.
Even in the Northern Hemisphere summer, the island is largely covered with snow, which appears brilliant white compared to the island’s otherwise green landscape.
As part of the Aleutian Islands, Attu is also part of the “Ring of Fire”—a region of frequent seismic and volcanic activity encircling the Pacific Ocean.
earthobservatory.nasa.gov /Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3?img_id=17326   (269 words)

  
 Attu in World War II   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In early June of 1942, Japanese forces landed on the island of Attu capturing the only inhabitants: 41 native Attuans, an American schoolteacher and his wife.
The American's also found that they were not completely prepared for all the trappings the weather and topography of Attu had in store for them.
The navy and army set up a large base on the island from 1945 to 1958, creating a little city at the edge of the world.
www.uscg.mil /d17/loranattu/wwii.htm   (619 words)

  
 The last of the Kuril island chain, crossing the Kuril strait and on to the Kamchatka peninsula
The island of Attu, our current destination, was the site of the only WWII battle fought on American soil.
to the pale hues of a subdued sunrise on the peaks of Attu.
The state of Alaska is removing the foxes that were introduced to the Aleutian Islands by the Russians for the fur trade in the late 1800's.
www.volcanoes.com /volcanostories/ringoffire/attu.html   (856 words)

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