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By Dan Rudy 

Wrangell resident participates in war memorial proceedings


August 24, 2017

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Sisters Ann Conatser and Johanna Joseph board a flight to Unalaska in Cold Bay. The two had been invited to attend a commemorative service for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Dutch Harbor, during World War II.

A Wrangellite had a unique opportunity to take part in some Alaskan history this year, while revisiting her own family history in the process.

Johanna Joseph and her sister, Ann Conatser a Walla Walla resident, were invited by the Ounalashka Corporation to attend an event in Unalaska commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Dutch Harbor. The town had been the birthplace of their mother, Theadosia Stepitan Nauska, known as Fanny to friends and family.

The battle itself was part of Japan's Aleutian Islands campaign during World War II, and took place between its Imperial Navy and...

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