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What Army units were at Dutch Harbor June 19, 1942?

Originally published under Ask Mr. History. Published Online: January 22, 2013 
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Dear Mr. History,

My father fought in the Aleutian Islands during WW2. I have spent the last 5 years trying to find out what unit he was with.

He arrived on June 2, 1942, at Dutch Harbor and left Kiska in Sept '43.

Do you have any idea as to which units were serving at Dutch Harbor on June 3, 1942, from the Army?

Thank you,
Gary Lee

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Funny how orders of battle for the Japanese raid usually center on sea and air units and neglect the Army ground forces At Dutch Harbor.  Nevertheless, it didn't take me long to find the following elements stationed there as of June 3, 1942:  

37th Infantry Regiment  

206th Coastal Artillery, Arkansas Army National Guard, including one radar, a searchlight battery, six anti-aircraft batteries (3-inch M1918 guns and M2 .50-caliber machine guns).  



Jon Guttman
Research Director
Weider History Group
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One Response to “What Army units were at Dutch Harbor June 19, 1942?”

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    Dan Brennan says:

    For Jon Guttman-

    You didn't mention that the 1st Battalion of the Fourth Infantry Regiment (Separate), was also present during the attack on Dutch Harbor, having just arrived from Seattle on the troopship Fillmore on June 2.

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