Alaska Earthquake

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Name: Margaret Macfie <gwagie1951@gmail.com>
Date: 2014-04-14
Comments:
Must have taken monumental effort to research & document this extensive information. Thank you. My late mother had a friend who moved to Alaska in the early 60's. They kept in touch by letter, but after the quake, the friend was never heard from again. I don't remember her last name, but believe her first name was Angelique. I don't think she is on your list, but are there any unknown victims?
 

Name: Michael Comer <huntdaw@gmail.com>
Date: 2014-04-03
Comments:
How were people in Crescent City, California killed by an earthquake in Alaska? I'm confused on that point.
 

Name: Lynn Reynolds <barneyb29926@yahoo.com>
Date: 2014-03-30
Comments:
As it was Good Friday, most of the schools were closed. I lived in Turnagain, off Northern lights Blvd. I heard about Perry Mead , because we had both gone to Turnigan elementary school, the prior year. I had just turned 13 that March. My family lived on St Elias Dr. When the huge jolts started, my Dad yelled for me to come upstairs (my bedroom was in the basement). Dad had been in the kitchen practicing his upcoming Toastmasters speech. My two sisters were at Alyeska, skiing. There had been a slide closing the highway between ANC and Alyeska. One sister made it home that day, the other was at the ski resort, probably getting in trouble.
My mom had been at the bank, near Safeway and Caribou Wards.
She worked for the Civil Defense. I do remember the pipes running above ground over all the yards in Turnagain. Dad had to shovel snow into the bathtub, from the window. When power came on, we had to boil it (snow) for cooking.
I do believe the saddest personal event, was knowing that Perry lost his life. I just turned 63 this March, so speaking as such, Perry was a very sweet and nice young man.

 

Name: Allen Sunde <Alsunde@comcast.net>
Date: 2014-03-27
Comments:
I was in Crescent City when the tsunami hit. There were 4 waves with the 2nd and 3rd ones doing most of the damage. I was stationed at the Klamath 777th Radar Station in Requa. I stood guard over downtown Crescent City two nights as a look out for looters. Donald McClure was a friend from the radar station.
 

Name: Sophie (Ondola) Gutierrez <gutierrez_sophie@yahoo.com>
Date: 2014-03-27
Comments:
Thank you for this remembrance. I knew several of the people killed and/or their families.

 

Name: karla fetrow <krfetrow@gmail.com>
Date: 2014-03-26
Comments:
Coleen, you are doing a wonderful service by making this information available to the public. It took a great deal of dedication to research and organize it. The tendency is to remember the destruction but not the victims. Thank you for personalizing the event that left many heart broken and suffering.
 

Name: Vicki Wilson Kidd <vskidd@gmail.com>
Date: 2014-03-23
Comments:
Enjoyed your site. I was a senior at West Anchorage and was home alone that day. Could not believe the shaking of the house and walls . Everything was destroyed . I lived on Elmendorf AFB.
 

Name: Olga DuVall Rowland <afognakolga@yahoo.com>
Date: 2014-03-22
Comments:
From Afognak, neice of John "Sut" Larsen, who perished off of Spruce Cape when his boat the Spruce Cape was smashed by the tsunami's second wave. We were on the mountain and heard him say they had just rode one wave, a bigger one was coming, "tell my family I love them". Still makes me cry!
 

Name: Judith Harris (ne. Bryant) <jeh4286@charter.net>
Date: 2014-03-22
Comments:
My whole family was living in Palmer Alaska at the time of the earthquake. Had damage in our houses. There was a large crack in the ground, split a tree in my yard. I had 4 small children, ages 2,4,5,& 6. I got them out of the house and put them in the car. After the rolling stopped, I noticed that the car had rolled back and forth over 20 feet, but the kids were safe. The rest of the family 3 sisters,1 brother & parents had damage, no electricity etc. but safe. My husband was working construction in the Copper River area. Pretty scarey reports from that area, but he made it home OK in a couple days,A brother-in-law was working construction in Tyonek, & that was scarey too but he made it home OK. I remember seeing the ground rolling in waves. Very awesome!
 

Name: Cheri Ungerecht Mattes <mayasmom54@gmail.com>
Date: 2014-03-20
Comments:
I survived the Great Alaska Earthquake. I was outside my house on Garden Street when it hit. I thought we were being bombed(too many bomb drills). Missed a lot of school because my elem. school, Airport Heights, was used to house the survivors from Kodiak Island. Great article!
 

Name: jim topolski <jimt@topo49.com>
Date: 2014-03-20
Comments:
Lots of work went into this presentation, thanks for the memories. I road out the quake in Park Lanes bowling Center.
 

Name: Sharon Elaine Patchett <tmfarmaviary@yahoo.com>
Date: 2014-03-20
Comments:
Thank you for this compilation. I was in the Glenallen hospital having given birth to a son the day before. We shook and rocked and rolled but no injuries.
 

Name: Audie Glazebrook Lydic <taglazebrook@yahoo.com>
Date: 2014-03-20
Comments:
We lived on Iowa Drive , in Spenard.




 

Name: John J Doherty <johndoherty@fuse.net>
Date: 2014-03-20
Comments:
Stationed on the USCG Storis. At the time of the earth quake we were anchored of of Unimak island

 

Name: Cathy J Kincaid <ckincaid47@hotmail.com>
Date: 2014-03-20
Comments:
I was born in anchorage in 1947, went to school on Government Hill 1st through 3rd grades and Seward for the 4th. I was in Seldovia when the earthquake hit. It dropped the land mass 4 feet there and we lost our main street which was a boardwalk over it. As an adult, I worked at Alascom, now AT&T, in Anchorage, and watched out the window as they tore down the grade school I had attended because it had been damaged in the quake. thank you for this site and all the hard work you put into it.
 

Name: Judith Wright Twitchell <jtwit49@gmail.com>
Date: 2014-03-19
Comments:
I was 15 and lived in Anchorage during that traumatic event. While there is so much I have to say about The Earthquake, I will restrict myself here to say that Mrs. Knight who died in her Turnagain home was my 9th grade biology teacher that year. Could you make mention here of the fact that she was a teacher? She was memorable to me for her teaching even if she hadn't died in the earthquake, but that event etched her far more deeply in my mind.
Thank you for the great work you have done in providing this wonderful page. I read it first a few years ago, and again just now. Anything about the earthquake isn't something to be skimmed over, but read in detail, reliving each moment and grieving with and for those who lost so much. It was an event that touched our lives deeply and altered them in ways one might never imagine, not all negatively. I'm sure many survivors might have benefited from PTSD care had it been available in those days.
It greatly grieves me that I will be unable to attend 50th Anniversary events in Alaska this month. I live too far away and am retired without the means to travel there. I hope you will be able to. I don't even know if any of the information will be available to those of us in the States.
Blessings to you!

 

Name: Terry Howe <terrayusa@hotmail.com>
Date: 2014-03-19
Comments:
I was out by Mountain View subdivision on that little triangle ground by the Texaco station at the Y that either went downtown or to Merrill Field and I remember every second of that earthquake and the only other person that remembers it exactly as I do was my dad who was out at Fort Rich. When it hit its peak it shook at that same intensity for almost 30 seconds and then started going down. My roommate and I got in my 55 T-Bird and drove very slowly because the car was still getting throwed all over the road to the very last road in the subdivision which was about a mile away from the Texaco station turned right went down maybe a quarter-mile and into the driveway to the left the driveway was still shaking.
I worked at Alaska Title Guarantee which I went to the next day which was Saturday to start cleaning up all the files and everything that had been knocked down and mis-placed while I listened to Kenai radio the rock'n roll station if I remember call letters correctly. I distinctly remember the DJ saying the Richter scales Numbers as they came into him even on Sunday 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 and a 9.7 from Japan, my dad remembered this also.
I believe it was on Monday when the DJ said they announced the official Richter scale number as being 9.2 and saying sarcastically I guess the 9.3 to 9.7 was didn't count which I agreed with him.
This was on the old 10 point Richter scale they've raised the Richter scale to 12 points now because of that good Friday earthquake so I never could understand why they dropped it to 8.6 in 1965 or late 1964.
Good site here Colleen and if you know any DJ who may have been on the air during the afternoon from Saturday to Tuesday of which I was in the office every day listening to that radio station maybe you could verify what I and my dad remember and also the quake lasting over 5 1/2 minutes my dad looked at his watch.
Please e-mail me if you have any thoughts about what I have said.
Thank you,
Terry Howe, East high 62 the first grad class when the brand-new school was out in the boondocks :)

 

Name: N.S. Bert Haase <bert@solserver.com>
Date: 2014-03-19
Comments:
Coleen: I made a mistake in my work time. It was the swing shift (afternoons), also I made a call to the ELKS Club Kodiak Bowling Alley ( Ladies bowling league was about to start )and told them to clear out, the ELKS Club was destroyed. Again
LOVE AND HUGS FROM THE MALLORCA CREW
( Bert, Marie, Pepi, Miss Aube and Fran )

 

Name: N.S. Bert Haase <Bert@solserver.com>
Date: 2014-03-19
Comments:
Thanks for keeping the story alive, I was working the day shift on Pillar Mountain, Kodiak when the shaking started, I was talking to Anchorage Techs on the orderwire when it hit and also watched 10 inches of concrete under my feet flow like water, my youngest daughter left her footprints in the shale street (Willow Street)and an open crack between the footprints. I also contacted Washington D.C. via Hotline.
LOVE AND HUGS FROM THE MALLORCA CREW
(Bert, Marie, Pepi, Miss Aube and Fran)

 

Name: Diana Wing <wilsonwing80@hotmail.com>
Date: 2014-03-18
Comments:
I was five years old and living in Anchorage during the quake. I have wondered about those who lost their lives.Thank you for your research.
 

Name: Steve Miller <smm367@mtaonline.net>
Date: 2014-02-28
Comments:
I've just been going through stories on 64 quake, I was 6 years old at that time and was in the 4th Avenue Theater
 

Name: james Van Winkle <jamesbonder69@yahoo.com>
Date: 2014-02-19
Comments:
i was told many stories of the horrible tsunami from 1964 they bring shivers down my spine i was in the tsunami in 2011 that had hit due to the japan earthquake i can not fathom the fear that has hit those who were in the quake and tsunami it would be nice to see news papers if it is at all possible thank you for the intersting information may all the people who perrished rest in peace
 

Name: kathleen wright <kathleenwright2008@yahoo.com>
Date: 2014-02-06
Comments:
was wondering if anyone new william or teresa wright i am williams wright daughter.half sister to bonita and william wright who died in crecsent city. just would like to talk to someone who knew my fathyer bill
 

Name: Colleen Douglas <bzbzlady@msn.com>
Date: 2013-11-23
Comments:
Very interesting. I was born in Juneau,but moved in 1962.
 

Name: J.D. Lee <jlee75@verizon.net>
Date: 2013-11-19
Comments:
Was with the CAA/FAA in Anchorage 1952-54. When the 1964 earthquake took place, I was living in Fort Worth, TX. At the time, I tried to find out if any FAA former co-workers were still in Anchorage, but I was unable to find out. Seeing your list all these years confirmed that no one I had known was a casualty. Thanks for all the work you did in putting this web site together.
 

Name: Cindy <cindyblaz@live.com>
Date: 2013-11-12
Comments:
I was there as a child with my family, and though I was only two,I have very vivid "snapshot" memories of events and scenes in my mind. We were going to JC Penney but my sister lost her shoe so we were all looking for it. A picture of that shoe is emblazoned in my mind. Good thing she lost it or we would have been inside when it collapsed. I will NEVER forget the destruction.
 

Name: Ronald Ingalls <xcelsiorcs@yahoo.com>
Date: 2013-10-12
Comments:
I was 6 when this devastating loss occurred. I remembered reading about it in the 2nd grade. Of course, I thought about the young boys like me who perished. I never understood why their bodies were never found until only a few years ago, buried in ten's of thousands of tons of mud and clay or washed away in the waters. To know you child's body may be buried 10 feet or 100 feet under you is an anguish I cannot imagine. Since then. we have seen massive mud slides, earthquakes and tsunami's where dozens, hundreds, thousands, hundreds of thousands of people were swallowed up, buried, washed away or lift away by the disturbance of the earth. let us not save "by nature" for we have all come to call Nature "Mother". A Mother is gentle and kind. "Mother Nature" gently waters the leaves, germinates to sees, ripples the wheat. It is the "Wrath of The Earth" that floods, blows away, swallows up, shakes asunder, burns in inferno, washes away God's creatures: gentle and song, young and old.....
I shall always remember the children whose lives were lost on Good Friday, 1964

 

Name: Virginia Brizgaloff <seahawks988@gmail.com>
Date: 2013-10-08
Comments:
Yep I remember it as if it were yesterday. My great grandmother (Anna Vlasoff) was lost at Chenega, they found her on the beach. We were evacuated to the hillside in case a tsunami hit cordova and we stayed at Richard and Tina Tapley
 

Name: Robert Stanton <Rstanton@gci.net>
Date: 2013-09-26
Comments:
Thanks for all of your hard work. There were names listed that I'd forgotten about & it brings back memories. I was at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks when the quake hit and my immediate family was in Seward, with the exception of my mother who was visiting her parents - in Crescent City of all places! I caught a flight with Cordova Airlines to Seward the following weekend & will never forget the devastation of Seward as seen from the air.
 

Name: Frances Stettinger <discoducky4202000@yahoo.com>
Date: 2013-09-26
Comments:
l was in seward during the 1964 earthquake,with jane ravnik
 

Name: Pamala Casey Hirsch <pamhirsch@yahoo.com>
Date: 2013-09-26
Comments:
the earthquake happened the year I graduated from Seward High. This is the first full list of those lost I have ever seen...thank you for providing this.
 

Name: Fay (Manthey) Gumbleton <Faygum62@hotmail.com>
Date: 2013-09-26
Comments:
I enjoyed reading your article and thanks for printing it. I was a junior in high school when it hit.
 

Name: Lee Stanton <lstanton@gci.net>
Date: 2013-09-26
Comments:
I also was in Seward on the day of the 1964 earthquake,I had forgotten
Just how many lives were affected by this disaster,very informative information in the content.
Thanks for sharing
Lee

 

Name: Kelly Martin <Iaminanchorage@yahoo.com>
Date: 2013-09-26
Comments:
I was living in Seward in 1964... I was 4 years old, I remember it well! All these years and I have never seen this list. Thank you!
 

Name: Louise Dewey Harris <lharris848@comcast.net>
Date: 2013-09-08
Comments:
I lived in Valdez 3 yrs, ex husband was in ACS Army. Population was about 300 at that time, before the earthquake. I just saw obit for John Kelsey in Seattle Times. I recognized Kelsey name. I knew 15 of the 30 who died at Valdez. I played baseball with the town teams and Jerry Zook. I remember the looks on the away high school basketball team;s faces when they played against a Valdez team member with one arm. Don't remember who won.
 

Name: Barb Slone Cochran <barbs248@gmail.com>
Date: 2013-09-07
Comments:
You did a wonderful job on this site. I was 5 years old & lived on Elmendorf AFB when the 1964 earthquake hit. It was very scary. I'm going to tell my family about your page. I'm sure they'll pass the information on to their friends.
Thank you for sharing your hard work with others. I love it!!!
Barb Slone Cochran

 

Name: Charles (Chuck) E Volanti <1enrichjudy@comcast.net>
Date: 2013-09-03
Comments:
Coleen, first let me thank you for all the hard work it must have taken you to produce this comprehensive depiction of the earthquake. I appreciate its valuable content and educational aspects of your presentation. I wish to speak on the 4 persons mentioned who died in the airplane crash as they flew a relief mission to Valdez; taking Governor Egan back to check on the progress of the cleanup and reconstruction including his home in Vadez. I was a 24 yr old flight dispatcher stationed at Kulis ANG Base who scheduled that fateful flight. I respectfully submit the following information relative to the flight to use as you see appropriate. Lt Col Thomas Norris Sr was the pilot. Major Jame A Rowe was the Co-pilot. TSGT Kenneth W Ayers was the flight engineer. The last of the 4 who perished on that flight was Major General Thomas P Carroll. His importance lies in the fact that he was the State of Alaska's, first ever, appointed Adjutant General of the Alaska National Guard. Thank you for your dedication, a job superbly done, and for allowing me the opportunity to communicate with you.
 

Name: Mary Jane (Schmidt) Aurdal-Olson <czarina@whidbey.com>
Date: 2013-08-30
Comments:
Thank you for doing this, Coleen. My dad was Bill Schmidt (William E.)who was swept out to sea from the dock at Valdez. He and my mother Lula Belle (Day) Schmidt-Pointer were divorced and his wife at the time of the earthquake and tsunami was Dorotha T. (Whelan) Schmidt. My husband, my brothers and I drove to Valdez immediately after this terrible disaster and stayed with Dorotha at my dad's house for a few days. We also went to Cordova by boat to check on my sister, Oma Lea (Schmidt) Buchanan and her family. We were joyful to find them safe and sound although there were significant changes to the beaches and lots of structural damage. Very frightening to see even a week later!
 

Name: Wayne E Schmidt <misterdawg@verizon.net>
Date: 2013-08-29
Comments:
You have done a good job on this of people who died. My Father was William Schmidt who died at Valdez. Bob Harrison was married to my cousin Fay Day, Also Doug Granger was married to my cousin Glenna Day at the time of their death. Enjoy see this in print, My Father was married to my step Mother Dorthea (can't remember her last name at the time of death, My Mother was Lula Bella Day, sister of Andy Day.
 

Name: Clarice Rebischke <uniquely4clarice@mtaonline.net>
Date: 2013-08-24
Comments:
I remember the earthquake well, I was eight years old.
 

Name: Kerry O'Connor <kibberoconnor@gmail.com>
Date: 2013-08-17
Comments:
I was a senior at East Anchorage High and spent the 4 + horrifying minutes crouching under a score keeping table in Park Lanes Bowling Alley with 2 classmates. It took years before I was over my panic attacks at the slightest tremor. Nice job memorializing the deceased.
 

Name: Randy Friday <tgif@mtaonline.net>
Date: 2013-08-17
Comments:
really good reporting, thanks for all the effort.
 

Name: ej reeder <reederej@gmail.com>
Date: 2013-08-16
Comments:
thank you, this is by far the most comprehensive list i've ever seen.

 

Name: Daniel Drake <dandrake@juno.com>
Date: 2013-07-17
Comments:
Thank you for the wonderful collection and stories of the earthquake in 1964.I had just returned after 2 years in the us army. I was staying in Anchorage in Spenard with my sister while awaiting orders to go to Shemya island and work on the RCA White Alice communications project when the earthquake hit.. I was born in Sitka Alaska and raised in Anchorage..Am presently retired from IBM and living in Augusta Georgia.
 

Name: Coleen K. (Dowse) Sparks <coleenkayak@yahoo.com>
Date: 2013-07-02
Comments:
Dear Coleen,
It is so unusual to find another Coleen w/ one l. We have been so impressed with your site! I have my brother Kent Dowse visiting with us here in Fairbanks, AK he and my dad went through the earthquake in Whittier. We were wondering if you could share Dick Osburn's e-mail address with us for he was Kent's boss in Whittier. Also Kent was talking about an older man that lived in Shotgun Cove with a Native woman and her baby. He often wondered if they had survived he couldn't remember their names. He was wondering if you knew a way to find out. Again we were very impressed w/ all the work you have done on the earthquake.

 

Name: Aleen Smith <aleenmarie1947@yahoo.com>
Date: 2013-05-14
Comments:
I was a junior at West Anchorage High at the time of the quake. I remember it well.
 

Name: Mikayla Duncan <huskyhottie@gmail.com>
Date: 2013-05-11
Comments:
Thank you for putting all this together. It is touching to be able to hear these people's stories.
 

Name: mary a bryan <akriverwatcher@gmail.com>
Date: 2013-04-15
Comments:
I was 16 when I went thru the earthquake. You definitely don't forget. I had a cousin that was lost in Prince William Sound on his fishing boat. He was from Seward. I need to contact his kids to get his name on this list. To also to be put on the new memorial at the Seward Boat Harbor.
 

Name: lynda angaiak <lynda.angaiak@g.kbpsd.org>
Date: 2013-04-12
Comments:
this is soo horrible, all the lives lost.
 

Name: gerald Otto <g_otto_ak@yahoo.com>
Date: 2013-04-09
Comments:
Thank you, for the information. I now live in Chenega Bay as the VPSO. I was talking with other villagers as the memorial visit to old Chenega is coming up in June. They were not sure who all died who's bodies were recovered other info. So I looked to see what i could find and walah I found this thank you again God bless.
 

Name: Ron Eggleston <ron@inmatsu.com>
Date: 2013-03-29
Comments:
This was truly a tragic event.My wife and I had moved to the lower 48 and were living in the San Francisco area when the quake occurred. We returned the following year to find a quite different place.
 

Name: Loretta Homan <loretta_homan@live.com>
Date: 2013-03-28
Comments:
I baby sat the Barnes and Michealson children, we played card with Dave and Lew on weekends. We were in Anchorage to meet my newest nephew and to spend Easter with my family when the quake hit. We lost most of our things, but at least we were safe. Jerry and his wife were good friends of ours also. Sad day to loose so many in such a small community.
 

Name: Frances Stettinger Moncrief <discoducky4202000@yahoo.com>
Date: 2013-03-28
Comments:
l was here in Seward Ak during the 1964 earthquake,l beleive that frankie walonga (l think thats how u spell his last name)l beleive that he also lost his life during the quake

 

Name: tammy may sulouff <ravetana@ywhoo.fom>
Date: 2013-03-27
Comments:
My mother Charlene Ella Hyde was there and spares she will never forget that day.
 

Name: Peggy (Heglin) Kopkie <pkopkie@aol.com>
Date: 2013-03-27
Comments:
This was a horrifying experience. Made you realize no place is safe from disaster, not even Alaska. Spent time up on Pillar Mt. in Kodiak, was cold out. We were allowed to finally come down off the Mt....and sent to high ground again when another wave was headed in. I worked 2 jobs, and I had 1 hr. in between them. Luckily I was home to eat then, as both were hit bad.
 

Name: Pam Cannon <PCBean01@aol.com>
Date: 2013-02-26
Comments:
Carol, stumbled across your history of Knik. Passed the link to a fellow Frank Cannon relative and she then shared the information you gave to her. Thank you so much for your hard work. Those of us so far away, both physically and given time span of generations have so little information to work with.

I found some pics at the Resource Center, Anchorage Museum. I'm getting a copy of the Roadhouse, but the rest aren't very clear. There is a picture of two people working in the garden for the Roadhouse. The man looks a whole like my husband's grandfather. But everyone in that area had a lot of the same features shaped by the times they lived.

Once again. Thanks

 

Name: L J Smith <laurajo.smith@aol.com>
Date: 2013-01-27
Comments:
I was looking for the name Stephen Matthew Wysock Pa. He was said to have gone up to Alaska in 64 to help with the clean up.
And was lost in an after shock from a fishing boat. His body was never found. Hi left behind in Pa. His wife Delena (Toni)and a son he never got to see.
I am interested in this information because I want his grandchildren to know about him.


 

Name: mj <originaleagal@yahoo.com>
Date: 2013-01-23
Comments:
this website gave me such helpful information this was such a destructive earthquake
 

Name: Anna L. Scott <annaleescott@gmail.com>
Date: 2013-01-10
Comments:
I was 10 years old living in Anchorage when the 1964 earthquake hit. I have never seen a published list of those who succumbed to it. Thank you for providing this and for all you are doing. That earthquake will always be 'forever' in my memory.
 

Name: Stan Truitt <s.truitt@hawaiiantel.net>
Date: 2012-11-19
Comments:
In Anchorage on Good Friday 1964, 24 years old. The experience changed my outlook on life and attitude towards others.

Stan

 

Name: gabriel devera jr <gdeverajr49@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012-11-12
Comments:
Dear Coleen, I was in Cordova at the time of the earthquake and I still can it well.I was just browsing around and came on your site it is very informative to me, my cousin Junie lost her twins when the tidal wave hit Chenga, I lost a lot of relatives back then. Thanks for putting up your site.
 

Name: Cate Grinzell <categrinz@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012-11-04
Comments:
Coming up on 50 years and the memories are still strong. Thanks
 

Name: Carolyn Davis <csuedavis27@comcast.net>
Date: 2012-08-19
Comments:
I worked at J C Penney's and was suppose to work that day but someone wanted to trade days off, so I was home with my 2 young children. My husband was in the Air Force at Elmendorf AFB and was working at the time the quake hit. My friend from work ,her husband was at Ft. Richardson and they came to me and my children.We went and stayed with them until we got power and water in the city. I have never been so scared in my life.I now live in Florida and I'm scared of tornados because like earthquakes, you never know when and where their going to hit. I stood in line at Elmendorf a few days after the quake to use a phone so I could let my family in Florida know we were okay. All commuication with the states was cut off. I couldn't get through to my Mother so, I had to call my inlaws in Idaho and they let my family know we were alive. I hope I never have to go through something like that again. After JC Penney building was destroyed, we had seperate stores all over town until the building could be rebuilt. My children and I left Alaska in December,1964.I have never been back.My daughter has been up there twice to see her dad.

Carolyn Davis ( Facer at the time of quake)

 

Name: Mel Facer <melrobin1995@comcast.net>
Date: 2012-08-19
Comments:
I was 4 years old lived in Anchorage with my 2 year old brother Ward and mom and dad Carolyn and Norman. I remember we had eaten dinner and was watching TV when it hit. All the dishes crashed to the floor from the cabinets. We couldn't get up to get out because of the shaking. My mother worked at JC Penneys and was suppose to work that day but changed with friend. She told me last night she doesn't know what she would have done if she would have been at work and not with us at home. We are from Panama City, FL and live here now. My mom's mother didn't know if we were alive or dead for 4 days. My mother finally got thru to dad's family in Idaho and they called her and told her we were okay. Reading this list of names makes me feel sad for all the people that died, especially the little kids. Although I am grateful that we survived and know that it was a blessing from God. My mother is terrified to this day with severe weather. It was a long time ago but I will never forget!
 

Name: Danny Thompson <dthompson4900@hotmail.com>
Date: 2012-08-03
Comments:
And we keep building right up to coasts and on fault lines...
 

Name: nettie s. cox <angel_200240@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012-07-25
Comments:
i had a baby son that was put up for adoption june 1961 in anchorage,alaska at 10mo.of age and i have searched over 30 years and no luck,so wondering now if he may have died in that.its heartbreaking to read this,we had left anchorage oct1963.i heard all about it but this brings it all back like it was yesterday.so sorry about it all.nettie cox
 

Name: Marlyn Natcher <marlyn.natcher@gmail.com>
Date: 2012-06-08
Comments:
I will be writing about this event as part of what I am researching at the moment. May God Bless all the souls who perished. God Bless.
 

Name: veronica <veronicawesterburg@rocketmail.com>
Date: 2012-04-29
Comments:
We recently had a pt at our hopspital whose father is on the deceased list above and was telling us the story of the earthquake. We looked it up and found this site. Made us cry and say a little prayer for all of these eople and their families. Very touching!! Thank you.
 

Name: Robert "Woody" Woods <shackwoody@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2012-04-14
Comments:
I was a young twenty year-old in the Navy, stationed on the island of Kodiak. How well I remember the quake and the events that followed that night. The most amazing sight was seeing the water being pulled out of Old Woman Bay immediately after the quake. Of course this was the prelude to the tidal waves that would come in and go out all through the night. We spent the night high on a hill where we hoped we would be safe. We had pushed snow into berms on the sides of the taxi-ways, and when the first tidal wave came in it broke the berms up into giant chunks of snow and ice that looked just like icebergs. When the wave went back out it took the icebergs with it. There was enough moon light so we could see the icebergs float approximately two miles out the end of Old Woman Bay and return when the next wave came in. We spent the rest of the night watching seven or eight waves until they stopped. Thank you for your information. It is good to go back and remember and thank God for allowing us to survive.

 

Name: Carmen Castle <ccastle60@verizon.net>
Date: 2012-04-02
Comments:
My brother-in-law was Harry Nielsen. I was a young girl when he died. My sister died 3 months before him, Dec. 23, 1963. I have no knowledge of Harry or his family, where he came from, or if he still has any family in Alaska. I think God let my sister pass over before Harry so she wouldn't have had to die in the earthquake or tsunami.
 

Name: Sandra P Wassilie <spwassilie@gmail.com>
Date: 2012-03-27
Comments:
Thanks for pulling this site together. I went through the quake in Anchorage; my classmate Lee Styer was killed just when I was getting to know him. Since then I have lived in Seward and met many of the relatives and friends of the deceased from Seward and Chenega. The pain of loss, especially of those swept to sea, is still palpable. I appreciate this remembrance of them.
 

Name: Nina Duchene <ninaduchene@hotmail.com>
Date: 2012-03-18
Comments:
I'm doing a paper and presentation on this disaster in my Homeland Security college class. I'd like information about what Emergency Management was put in place afterwards, who the current EM is, and info on the city's EOC. Please contact me.
 

Name: pvt. James Wood <jimwooja@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-12-31
Comments:
I had my dinner and went to take a nap.At 5:36 pm the Gods woke me up by shaking me out of bed.I could not stand up so i crawl to the exit with my friends.The concrete walls around us were cracking and we knew to get outside away from them.Thanks i can't talk anymore about it now!
 

Name: Nancy Smith <brama59@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-12-12
Comments:
It breaks my heart to see all that lost there lives. I lived in Valdez for 12 years ( 1941 - 1953 ) some names I remember. I can't even emagine the horror people went through
 

Name: Elizabeth LeBlanc <luvmypekes@wavecable.com>
Date: 2011-12-10
Comments:
Beautiful & touching site. I was 8 years old & living in Seward when the earthquake hit...remember it too well. My parents lost several friends in the tidal wave & my mom an uncle. All information about them was accurate and precise. Thank you.
 

Name: Megan Edmunds <medmunds@indra.com>
Date: 2011-11-30
Comments:
Hello,
Thanks for hosting this site! I was in the earthquake. I was four years old, and we lived on Government Hill. My aunt and cousins lived in Turnagain, and I had thought one of their neighbor children had died in the earthquake, but I'm not finding a name of a child lost in Anchorage anywhere.

 

Name: Ken House <krhouse@gmail.com>
Date: 2011-11-10
Comments:
I was just inn showing a Military Brother the damage the quake did in 1964.

I'm just over the hill in, Whitehorse, Yukon.

www.ceti.ca

Ken House
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

 

Name: Becky granger bayne <bfbayne@hotmail.com>
Date: 2011-11-06
Comments:
Such a beautiful and thoughtful project you undertook to gather and enter all of this data. I lost my father, an uncle, a great uncle, and many, many dear friends in Valdez and rode out the quake myself at age 18 on 4th Ave in Hewitt's Drugstore! Thank you again,
 

Name: Susan (Remley) Stern <munchtea@aol.com>
Date: 2011-09-15
Comments:
I had a friend Lynn Kaluka who lived on "Turn Again by the Sea". We were pen pals and I never heard from her again after the quake. "Turn Again by the Sea" was very hard hit in the quake and I have always wondered if she and her family survived. Didn't find her name on your list so my hopes are that she is still around and alive.
 

Name: Sandra Scholler <Sachjelady@comcast.net>
Date: 2011-07-15
Comments:
My husband & I lived at the K&J apartments on 7th Avenue near Gamble from 1/62 till 9/63 while he was stationed at Fort Richardson. I have looked on maps of Anchorage and our apartment building location is a car lot now I was wondering if anyone would know if the building we lived in was destroyed during the earthquake. I worked for Alaska State Bank on the corner of 5th and E Streets. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
 

Name: kathleen ione wright <kathleenwright2008@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-07-08
Comments:
I am the sister of bonita and william wright.My father is deceased and i would like to know if there was anybody related to my dad left. please contact me. Thanks kathleen wright.
 

Name: Lois Williams Chamberlain <billloisc@aol.com>
Date: 2011-06-25
Comments:
Thank you for this oppotunity to tell my story of missing friend who went to Alaska and I have never found her since. Name was Betty Carney, she did get married some time early 1960's, her sister worked for Penny's, Betty was adopted so don't know her sisters name., She also worked for Alaska airline and of course there was that plane crash, I have tried the newspapers, the WEB,for a marriage notice, death notice anything to find my friend., I am 76 yrs old now and so would she be. Any info would be great, Even when we visited Alaska, information because of privacy is hard to get. lois williams chamberlain
 

Name: George Galliher <mrcleanup74@hotmail.com>
Date: 2011-05-14
Comments:
Thank you for all of your work on this site. I lived in Kodiak and was 8 yrs. old at the time although I didn't lose any immediate family like many there, things could have turned out differently if not for some odd circumstances happening! When our family gets together we always talk about that time. Thanks again for the moving information on those who lost theirs lives.
 

Name: Catherine (Stevens) Oshida <coshida@gmail.com>
Date: 2011-03-28
Comments:
Thank you for the tribute to all those who were lost.
The recent earthquake in Japan registered 9.0. We live about 50 miles inland, where damage was minimal. But the total of dead and missing is currently over 200,000 and expected to rise. I hope big things like this don't come in threes.

 

Name: Patti "McMahan" Ernst <paernst50@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-03-27
Comments:
Wow! Thanks for taking the time to put this together.
 

Name: Earl Massey <earl1905@live.com>
Date: 2011-03-27
Comments:
I too was in this quake as a child. We lived in
the S&S Apartment Complex in Anchorage. The earthquake in Japan has prompted me to review this part of my life to begin the preparations here in Los Angeles where I now reside. I am trying to warn and prepare my family as well as others by talking about what it was like in 1964. Thanks for doing this it now hits home after all these years.
Earl Massey

 

Name: Clark Jillson <98chilkoot@gmail.com>
Date: 2011-03-21
Comments:
Nice site! Some day I hope to send along my story. Need to get to it. Not getting any younger.
 

Name: Frederick M Thomson <rthomson154@cox.net>
Date: 2011-03-14
Comments:
Found this website while looking for info on the Japan 2011 earthquake and tsunami. I was thear cousin living in Hawaii I was 12 years old
 

Name: Dennis Klosterman <hitotex@aol.com>
Date: 2011-03-13
Comments:
This is a great tribute to those lost as a result of tragic event on Good Friday 3/27/64. I was stationed at the US COAST GUARD Radio Station Kodiak then. We lived up from downtown Kodiak at Pratts trailer court. My wife and I, along with our 9 month old daughter were home when it hit. After checking everything at home we went to the base and ended up spending the night at the station. When the wave hit it was dark but prior to the big wave you could see the lighted sea buoys getting sucked out to the open water and then you could see them coming in. Anyway, thank you for your dedication. God Bless
 

Name: Sonja Robinson Bullock <budson35@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-03-11
Comments:
Richard Jay Robinson was my brother. I found
your site informative and made me cry again
after all these years. Sonja

 

Name: Betty G <spudboots@aol.com>
Date: 2011-02-18
Comments:
I lived in Cordova from 1951 to about 1954. My parents eventually divorced and my dad, James Sparks, was living in Anchorage when the earthquake hit. Thank you for your website.
 

Name: Sharon Robinson May <mays@custertel.net>
Date: 2011-01-14
Comments:
Hi There: Thanks for establishing this site. I just quickly went through it. My young husband was one of those killed on the dock in Valdez. The Stuart family (of 5) were waiting for him to get off work so they could go for a boat ride together. I was at work or I would have been there, also. One thing I kind of would like you to include, just for the records, is my name as Richard Robinson's wife. Of course he was Rex & Ruth's son....but he was also my husband and the father of our three little ones.

That was an experience I would not care to repeat. The ironic thing is that I live absolutely in the middle of the mountains in the heart of Idaho. If we ever have a major earthquake here, we'll never be found. Where else can a person experience such beauty? My second husband and I moved here because of just that!!

Thanks again, for establishing the site. I am on a trip, using my laptop. I hope that I don't lose this connection.

Sincerely, Sharon Robinson May

 

Name: robert felland <felland@nnex.netI>
Date: 2011-01-14
Comments:
I was living in Vadez at the time of the quake .I was a engenering geologist working with Ralph Migliaccio.
 

Name: Annette Woodbridge <annie@mwt.net>
Date: 2010-09-11
Comments:
I was in Seward last month visiting my daughter and son-in-law who live there. I saw many photos of the '64 quake and tsunami but never saw anyplace that listed all the names of the victims. Your site was impressive and quite moving.
 

Name: Zed Cawthon <zcawthon@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2010-08-04
Comments:
I went through Navy boot camp with Gerald Lee (Jerry) Zook in 1958. I was transferred to the U. S. S. Wexford County LST 1169 in March 1961. Jerry was a Second Class Quartermaster and I a Second Class Radarman and shared the same chart house/CIC. We spent a lot of time together both on board and on the beach. I extended in the Navy a couple years and was on the east coast aboard the U. S. S. Kittiwake when the quake hit Valdez.
I just stumbled onto this website today. I know it's been a long time but I was shocked to hear about Jerry.
I finished my military career as an Army Aviator in 1980
Maj. Zed Cawthon Jr. U. S. Army (Ret.)
p.s. I have pictures of Jerry in a Boot Camp Album.

 

Name: lyn <lyn-and-harry@peoplepc.com>
Date: 2010-05-03
Comments:
You have an amazing website! Thank you for sharing it! I was in the Alaskan Earthquake on the naval base in Kodiak and knew the Vosgien's. I was the same age as Ricky's older brother. We knew at the time that they had gone camping and alot of questions came up about them all when the quake hit. It was devastating news about Ricky. I too ran from a tsunami and was helped by a fellow in a pick up truck-Bless him! Again, Thank You for the site, very informative! lyn
 

Name: zach wertz <+zwertz@hotmail.com>
Date: 2010-02-24
Comments:
i wonder wen the next wave will be
will it be heir soon?

 

Name: Judy Landauer <plantlady.landauer@gmail.com>
Date: 2010-02-09
Comments:
It's sad to see the list of those who died. I was there when the earthquake hit; we lived a couple of miles outside of Anchorage.
 

Name: Suzanne Cook Taylor <suziejotaylor@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-02-02
Comments:
I appreciate all the effort you've put into this website. I knew Lee Styer who was killed in the JC Penney building. He was a good friend. I was a senior at West when the earthquake happened. Everything about the quake will always fascinate me.
 

Name: Perry Kenny <perrykenny@gmail.com>
Date: 2010-02-02
Comments:
Thank you for all the work putting this page together. I was across the street from West Anchorage High when the quake hit. I saw the trees whipping back and forth and cars jumping off the ground as the wave moved along the street. When it hit where I was standing watching I was thrown to the floor and rode the earthquake ride for the next 4 minutes. Having had so many emergeny alerts as a child in school I thought a bomb had been dropped and was waiting to be vaporized from the after blast of the bomb. Who knows, it wasn't the most rational conclusion but I guess I was in a panic. When the shaking was over and it was clearly a earthquake, a friend,Tom Adkinson, and I went out to the Turnigan by the Sea homes to help search for the lost in that devistation. My science teacher Mrs. Knight was lost in destruction.
 

Name: Debra Jones <debr478@cs.com>
Date: 2009-11-28
Comments:
Daughter of Bill Jones. We were long-time Seward residents, where his home was, and he was fishing out of Kodiak.
 

Name: Tim S Smith <big_state2002@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-10-05
Comments:
Hi Coleen i am the son of mary ann (olson)smithDOB 1943 my mother is the daughter of Hilbert (Oly) Olson who had 40 + years with the Alaska railroad, and her mother was from Fort Yukon who's maiden name was Patritia Owens (Athabaskin indian) daughter of Ed Owens. I would like to start a geneology page for this side of my family for we have a long and interesting history in ALASKA. and would be glad to help you with it by filling in what i do know, Thank you Tim.
 

Name: Debbie Lee <dlee0156@msn.com>
Date: 2009-09-29
Comments:
Thank you so much for putting the names and stories to the people who lost their lives in this tragedy. My aunt Juantia was one of the ones who died in Crescent City and my family has never forgotten.
 

Name: Dr deShawn Merrell <pgvet@aol.com>
Date: 2008-10-05
Comments:
Perry and Merrell Mead were my cousins that I and our family lost in the earthquake. Wanda Mead and my father DeWitt Merrell were brother and sister. They are always remember in my family prayers. Also Pam one of the surviving chilren who passed later. God Bless
 

Name: Elisabeth Nieuwhof <bb_ventures@hotmail.com>
Date: 2008-03-30
Comments:
I was visiting some of your pages, and was impressed with these history pages. I loved the layout of the sites, and also the small details added. These people were not just names, but people with a life, with troubles and sorrows. You have done a great job keeping the memories alive.
Best wishes and greetings from P.E.I.
P.S. I have added a link to your page at
http://www.howtofindyourroots.com/alaska

 

Name: Val Cloudman <valcloudman@comcast.net>
Date: 2008-02-08
Comments:
Thank You, this is a god send...
 

Name: Anastasia Johnson <peachez_79@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-12-20
Comments:
I am the youngest daughter of Helen ann Kuzakin, daughter of John and Anastasia Totemoff of Tatitlek, and my Step-father is Sam Radion Kuzakin, son of Radion and Zoia Kuzakin of Belkofski.
 

Name: Ellen Schulze <david.ellen@gardener.com>
Date: 2007-09-01
Comments:
Found your memorial while looking for a copy of the earthquake movie "Though the Earth Be Moved." When I lived with my parents in Anchorage, 1967 - 1978, we used to show the movie to visitors. Our house stood through the earthquake with only one small crack. We were on gravel.
 

Name: Hiedi Kroeker <kroeker@mtaonline.net>
Date: 2007-08-08
Comments:
Your listing of names and ages, people's relations and what they were doing had more of a profound effect than just statistics. I found my self in tears. Thank you for the information that I will be using to introduce visitors to Alaska and our past.
 

Name: Frank Morgan <frank_m@charter.net>
Date: 2007-07-27
Comments:
Thanks for all your hard work. I was 7 yrs. old and walking across the street (Brooke Dr. in Turnagain) with my parents when the earthquake hit. I'll never forget it. Take care.
 

Name: Scott Hanson <shanson@lcgs.edu.tas.com.au>
Date: 2007-06-27
Comments:

I am studying natural disasters at school. Your sight is a real eye opener. Living in Tasmania we have it pretty easy.

 

Name: Michael W. Shamlin <yesterdazegone4u@wowway.com>
Date: 2007-05-02
Comments:
I was 6 years old when it happened and still remember it to this day like it only happened yesterday. My dad was stationed at Elmendorf A.F.B.. My brother David and I were upstairs watching Davy and Goliath when it hit. Dad and mom got all of us in the car and we rode around Anchorage until it was over. I remember eating beef stew for dinner while riding around, mom grabbed it off the stove. I also remember her grabbing a yellow cake out of the oven, and her being upset because she forgot the icing. I remember the apartment we lived in at the time, had a serious lean to it when we got back home, and the dumpster in the court was swallowed up by the ground.
At the time and being 6 I just thought it was an adventure, but as time passed and I grew up, I started to realize the tragedy that happened that day. I always wondered what happened to the people and to the families that lost loved ones that day and thanks to you I know a little more about that.
Being a survivor of that day, I commend you for what you are doing with this sight, and honoring those that perished.
MY HATS OFF TO YOU !!!!














 

Name: Mary Williams <dancing.raven@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-04-10
Comments:
VERY INTERESTING INFO. THANK YOU.
 

Name: Teresa Hayden Campbell <campbelltl@aol.com>
Date: 2007-04-06
Comments:
I am the niece of Jerry Zook, lost at Valdez. Thank you for your work.
 

Name: Mae Silook <msilook@southcentralfoundation.org>
Date: 2007-03-21
Comments:
Daughter of Frank Walunga
 

Name: stuart hatch <spout3435@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-03-18
Comments:
Son of Jesse Hatch,

I was 7 months old when the eartquake hit. It left my mother with 4 kids. moved to seattle in 1965. I returned to seward in 1981 and left for anchorage in 1986. since i moved back to seattle.

Stuart Hatch

 

Name: sigbjørn vatne <ghil-sv@online.no>
Date: 2007-02-21
Comments:
I,m sorry that I forgot to mention your pages of desceised persons
in the tragic event of the earthquake. A wonderfull work of honoring the families and their dead ones.
By the way, I am writing this from Norway....

 

Name: sigbjoern vatne <ghil-sv@online.no>
Date: 2007-02-21
Comments:
Came to read your pages as I was seeking relatives in Hope,
my grandmothers brother Mr. Iver Nearhouse who died in 1962 ?
I am not sure of year. If you have any stories of him, please let me know. Thank you!
Yours sincerely
Sigbjorn Vatne

 

Name: Anne Rood <annerood@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-01-27
Comments:
Great work ... I am very touched by how diligently you have honored so many people. My son is writing about a Matanuska Colonist here in Seattle. Thanks for your research and compassion.
 

Name: Susie Mckee <susie_mckee7@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-01-14
Comments:
Frank Walunga of Seward was my dad's dad that he never knew..he was adopted at birth and my parents just told me about it today..RIP grandpa
 

Name: Carrie Ann Wolford <CarrieAnn0120@aol.com>
Date: 2007-01-08
Comments:
Hi there....I was a 13 yr old girl when living in Anchorage. I was with my brother in Shady Lane delivering newspapers. My mom's best friend Mary Rustigan. My mom was also seeing Dr. Perry Mead as a patient. It seems like yesterday...thank you for doing this tribute..

CarrieAnn

 

Name: Teresa M. Spadaro <teedere@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-12-31
Comments:
Thank you for mentioning my grandfather, Frank Spadaro. I was two years old and our family were living in Cordova when the quake hit.
 

Name: Daria Matte <dmatte76@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-10-20
Comments:
I am the granddaughter of Willie and Daria Kompkoff. I was born after the earthquake. My mom was the youngest of the family and she was away in high school when the quake happened. So she was not there when this happened. I am named after my Umma Daria. I am glad that someone is trying to find the names of people that passed away during the earthquake. I just wish that I could have been able to meet my Umma and Uppa!!! Love you guys!!!
 

Name: Mary Aho <maryaho@aol.com>
Date: 2006-04-18
Comments:
Thank you for your effort on this page. It's the only list of the victims I have been able to find. I was remembering my friend who died in Anchorage, and was pleased to see your tribute so these people are not forgotten.
 

Name: Julia Shanagin <j_noogie@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-03-08
Comments:
Hi I am the oldest grand daughter of Nick Sr. and Mary Kompkoff.