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Japanese Occupation Site, Kiska Island

  • Also Known As: Kiska Battlefield

  • Address: Kiska Island
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Site

During World War II, Japanese forces occupied Kiska and other Aleutian Islands off the Alaskan mainland. By taking the islands, the Japanese hoped to prevent a U.S. attack from the Northern Pacific. The U.S., fearing the islands would be used as a base for attacks against the West Coast, began a campaign to retake the Aleutians. The campaign ended with the recapture of Kiska Island. Even though Kiska Battlefield is in a remote location, it's threatened by erosion, looting, and decay. - NPS



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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event

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Particulars for Japanese Occupation Site, Kiska Island:
Historic Use Air facility
Owner Federal
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Military
Level of Significance National
Historic Use Naval Facility
Sight Category Site

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 4th February 1985

Registry Name: Japanese Occupation Site, Kiska Island
Registry Address: Kiska Island
Registry Number: 85002732
Resource Type: Site
Owner: Federal
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: No style listed
Area in Acres: 48900
Contributing Buildings: 118
Contributing Sites: 1
Contributing Structures: 290
Contributing Objects: 213
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Military
Applicable Criteria: Event
Criteria Consideration: Significance of less than fifty years
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Significant Year: 1942, 1943
Historic Function: Defense
Historic Sub-Function: Naval facility, Air facility
Current Function: Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Conservation area

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