Some things are worth remembering. In June of 1942 the Japanese invaded American soil, the islands at the west end of the Aleutian Chain. The farthest island is Attu and was inhabited by 42 people. At some point during the Japanese occupation of Attu, these people were shipped to Japan and held as prisoners of war until the end of World War II.

The picture above is of Mike Hodikoff, Chief of the Attu Islanders, who died as a Prisoner of War in Japan. (Photo by J. Malcolm Greany, July 1941 at Attu, Alaska.) The article below is from the November 30, 1945 issue of the Juneau Alaska newspaper, The Daily Alaska Empire. The article lists all the people by their names that were in the prison camp including 4 babies born during the internment. It itemizes who survived and who died in the camp. The article speaks for itself:

Jap Prisons Fatal to 22 Attu People

All Captured Villagers Now Accounted for with 25 Surviving

Forty Aleut natives of remote Attu Island, captured in the first Japanese invasion of American soil, have at last been all accounted for.

The Alaska Native Service office here has been officially notified of the names of 25 Attu survivors of Nipponese imprisonment and of 22 others who died while prisoners-of-war of the enemy. The roll of victims is topped by the name of Mike Hodikoff, Chief of the Attu islanders.

The total of 47 names includes those of four infants, born in imprisonment, all of whom succumbed to the rigors of interment.

Survivors are:

Alfred Prokopioff, Mary Golodoff, Olean Golodoff (child), Alexy Prossoff, Elizabeth Pursoff, Thecla Golodoff (child), Sergi Artumonoff, Mike Lokanin, Parascovia Lokanin, John Hodikoff, Olean Golodoff, John Golodoff.

Mick Golodoff (child), Gregory Golodoff (child), Elizabeth Golodoff (Child), Imnokanti Golodoff, Julia Golodoff, Stephen Hodikoff (child), Angelina Hodikoff, Annie Hodikoff, Martha Hodikoff (child), Marina Hodikoff (child), and Agnes Prossoff (child).

Those who died during the imprisonment were:

Mike Hodikoff, Fred Hodikoff, Lovrenti Golodoff, Harman Golodoff, George Hodikoff, Peter Artumonoff, Bladimar Prossoff, Valcigian, Leonti Golodoff, Helen Golodoff, Annie Borenin, Titiana Lokanin, Martha Prossoff, Mary Prokopioff, Marra Artumonoff, Mary Golodoff, Anicia Prokopioff, John Artumonoff.

The four infant victims were: Mike Golodoff, son of Julia Golodoff; Anicia Hodikoff, daughter of Mike Hodikoff [who] was engaged to Mrs. Annie Borenin; Gabriel Lokanin, seven months old son of Mike and Mrs. Parascovia Lokanin; and Arty Golodoff, son of Herman Golodoff, who was engaged to Angelina Hodikoff.

Of the 25 survivors, the ANS office here reports that only a few are fit to return to their former life in the Aleutians. A considerable number are now hospitalized while several are minor orphans who have been or will be placed in schools.

Fred Geeslin, ANS Assistant Superintendent, who recently returned from inspection of the resettlement in the Islands, revealed that Atka villagers have invited the returning Attus into their community which is being rebuilt into a much-improved settlement. The Atkans would consolidate the two peoples and the trapping rights of the two villages. Both the Attus and Atkans have very valuable trapping rights on the prolific blue fox islands of the outer chain.

Since the Attu populations has been halved and the adult male population reduced to eight, of whom not all are fit to return, it is doubted that re-establishment of the separate Attu community would be successful.

The roll of those who died as prisons of Nippon was submitted on November 27, by Mike Lokanin, one of the Attu survivors.

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