Fort Glenn, Umnak Island WW2

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Name: Bill Eull <>
Date: 2016-11-27
Hi Greg
I just dropped in to say Thank You once again for letting me use images from your collection on, a website celebrating one Canadian squadron's contribution to the Aleutians Campaign.
Best regards
Bill Eull


Name: Richard Goms <>
Date: 2016-10-15
I am the nephew of S/Sgt. Leslie Eugene Shuler, Army Serial Number 3422229, of the 11th Air Force, 736th Signal Aircraft Warning Company (SAW) sustained extensive cardiac and pulmonary damage due to a bullet wound to the chest. It was self-inflicted with a .45 caliber automatic pistol in the latrine of Three Toppers Club, Ft. Glenn on 7 April 1944. He did not regain consciousness in the presence of witnesses before his death.

Over the years I have been in touch with the following: Edward Sidorski, Warren Steel, son of Sanger B. Steel, and George E. Weldon, publisher of the Sourdough Signaler. I have copies of several photos belonging to Edward Sidorski, stationed as Cape Kettle and Nikolski.

I am a published writer of articles for genealogy magazines and am currently writing one about my uncle. I am interested in the photos on this page and if I could get your permission to use some of them in my article. I already have his pension file from the VA and affidavits of family and friends. I also have detailed information from the three men I mentioned above. Of course if you know anything more I would be happy to hear from you.

Thank you.


Name: Jack Farmer <>
Date: 2016-04-08
My father, William S Farmer, was on a transport to Umnak as Dutch Harbor was bombed. He was with the Missouri National Guard. He passed away in 1996 and left a scrape book of pictures from Umnak, including one of the same young lady playing the accordion. He was a Sargent in ordnance.

Name: Anthony Rowntree <>
Date: 2016-02-22
I am trying to trace Arnold Simmel who stayed with us briefly in England at the start of WW2. He was on his way from Germany to USA. He was stationed on Umnak in 1946. Many thanks to anyone who can help.

Name: charles myers <>
Date: 2016-02-18
While at Fort Glenn my (home) was at the corner of Grant &* Jackson. I wonder if it is still there. What I never see mentioned was that we were preparing to bomb Japan from there but it never happened, not enough fueling equipment, or so we were told.

Name: Jerry Anderson <>
Date: 2015-11-22
Greg, Thank you for maintaining this site. Do you have any info on my father, James H. Anderson 16050409, who was stationed in the Aleutions at least until Feb of 1944? Anything would be appreciated. I also found what looks like an Army panoramic photo of What I think is Dutch Harbor (long narrow strip).

Name: Victor Merculief <>
Date: 2015-07-20
I spent 8 weeks out there in 1980. Had great time.

Name: charles myers <>
Date: 2015-05-29
I was there in 1943 & 1944 with the 802nd engineers. I have several pictures of the area and pictures of the ruined hospital in Dutch Harbor also I have several copies of The Last Outpost. A lot of time there weren't enough copies to go around, so I kept what was available. It was quite an experience, a lot of memories. Simon Bolivar Buckner was our favorite General.

Name: Patricia Armstrong <>
Date: 2015-05-25
I was going through my father's pictures taken at Fort Glenn during WW II. I was wondering if you would have any record of his time spent there? I found the pictures very interesting knowing that he must have visited the enlisted men's club and also seeing the quonset huts.
My father's name was Edwin A. Hazard.

Thank You, Pat Armstrong


Name: gerald kelsay <>
Date: 2015-04-20
my dad ralph s. kelsay was there for 2yrs, 3 months. he was a staff sargent. I have his diary from this time.

Name: Katie Bumpus <>
Date: 2014-12-05
Thank you for the pictures. My dad was stationed at Umnak during '42,'43 and '44. Most of the photos I have of him there are him playing baseball or holding a dog. It is great to see the places where he spent time. Never talked about it much. His name was Leo Deany, from Chicago, and he was an Army quartermaster. He always told us they were the "fighting quartermasters", because they were the first ones there and had to unload and build where they were going to live. Thanks again.


Name: ken langner <>
Date: 2014-12-02
My father ted f. langner jr. was stationed on umnak in charge of a single airstrip I believe in the fifties. He thought it was his best duty there, the pictures of fort glenn seemed a lot larger then what my father says, maybe they downsized it during his time there.

Name: Richard Adamson <>
Date: 2014-11-16
My father, Chester N. Adamson, served on Umnak for 26 months from 1942-44. He had been in the Oregon National Guard Coast Artillary prior to the war. He was a supply sergeant but I also have a picture of him in an anti-aircraft gun pit. He was a civilian employee of the Light House Service and the Coast Guard prior to the war. Because of his boat handling experience he was picked to operate an 85' power barge between Umnak and the island to the east. He returned home and finished out his career as a light attendent for the Coast Guard in Coos Bay, Or. He passed away in 1977.

Name: Tim Peters <>
Date: 2014-03-12
Thanks for the great pictures. My dad, Bernard Piotrowski, was stationed on Umnak during WWII and participated in the Blair Fish Packing Co. operation that was a camouflage maneuver to build the airfield.

Name: John Stryyjewski <>
Date: 2013-12-14
Can anyone tell me how to look up my dad`s war record`s?

Name: randy eisenhauer <>
Date: 2013-08-21
I went ashore at ft glenn in 89 aboard cgc ironwood. Was surprised at how much stuff was still there. Also old quarters at long island off kodiak. Many such places in ak full of war history, esp attu. Very good exploring on that old ship as a young man. I loved that stuff

Name: Stephen Briscuso <>
Date: 2013-08-06
Greg....You may post any pics I send to you....
My fathers name was (Sam) Salvatore Briscuso....
He was a SGT in the Army at Umnak in 42-43...
He passed away in 1989...
Hope you enjoy the pic of The radio station WXLA I sent you...


Name: Stephen Briscuso <>
Date: 2013-07-01
I think I have a picture of the radio station on Umnak during that time....WXLA is what I have a pic of....

My father was there in 42-43...Would you like a copy...

Thanks.....I enjoyed your pics a lot...


Name: Brian Wilson <>
Date: 2012-12-28
I enjoyed looking at your photos! Thanks.

Name: Richard Hudson <>
Date: 2012-09-28
Thanks Greg for this page. The pix are just great.

I arrived at Umnak in January of 1947. (Just after Howard Silver left.) I left Nov 47. The number of men had been reduced to a couple of hundred, just enough to operate a refueling stop. The max had been over 10,000. Kinda strange. Roads going in all directions to clusters of huts and other buildings, all empty but still in perfect condition. The road to the isthmus was still passable (barely). Three of us went there once. Maybe the last time that road was used.

I have some pictures. Not as sharp as the ones here, but I'll send some if you want.


Name: Todd Grover <>
Date: 2012-08-02
Thanks for posting these pictures Greg. I am currently working at Fort Glenn herding cattle and it's fascinating to see how this site looked in its prime.



Name: howard silver <>
Date: 2012-05-30
left umnak dec. 1946 lived in the hanger with another sgt. we were the alert crew.i think it was called birch wood hanger

Name: Richard Eskew <>
Date: 2012-05-15
My mother says this is where my father served. Nebraska National Guard. I thought it was a different island. His name was Leonard W Eskew. Told me he had alot of jobs one was in the movie house. Said he got dug out of a tent about noon on Christmas the first year.

Name: Bill Eull <>
Date: 2012-04-18
Hi Greg
I appreciate the work you've done here. I have posted a website celebrating and commemorating one of the RCAF P-40 squadrons that flew out of Fort Glenn. See I have borrowed one of your photos (Officers' Club) and used it to link to your website. Have a look and tell me how I can improve the site. do you know any of the Canadians (or American pilots) who flew with 111? I'd be glad to post anything you suggest - about the men, the history, conditions etc.
I would like to use more of the photos you've posted here with your permission. Please let me know how you would like me to credit the source.
Best regards,


Name: Jay Street <>
Date: 2012-02-20
Viewed your pictures today and remember many of those sites, especially the radio station and the manager there was Ed Moser, sitting in front of the console. I worked with Ed and was a disc jockey/announcer during 43 & 44 and part of 45. We used to put the island to bed with a nightcap signoff featuring the King Sisters singing "Nighty Night Till Tomorrow" and Vonnie King, would get real close to the microphone and say those words. The radio stations call letters were WXLA on Umnak. My daughter, Sally, found your website and shared it with me and will be sending some photos when her computer gets fixed.

Name: AK <>
Date: 2012-02-18
I enjoyed looking at these. I have never been to Umnak, however my son's father was born in Nikolski. I like to see old pictures of the Aleutians. :)

Name: Sally Street Jenkins <>
Date: 2012-02-06
My father, John H Street, was stationed in Umnak and was a radio operator. He will celebrate his 90th birthday soon. I would love to share his pictures with you.

Name: Greg Krenzelok <>
Date: 2011-12-14
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