Q. Where in Alaska did the Japanese land during WW II and how far did they get? -Bill
A. The Japanese did not make it onto the mainland part of Alaska during the war, but did land on two Aleutian Islands – Kiska and Attu; however they never engaged our forces because when they knew the U. S. Navy was on their way there, they suddenly withdrew their forces, so that when our guys arrived, they found no Japanese. They did find things they left behind though, such as guns, tools, foxholes, tunnels, etc.
The Aleutian chain of islands comes down from the bottom of the State of Alaska, stretching for many miles. Kiska and Attu are near the end of the chain and I hear the weather is always bad there. Fierce icy cold winds blowing most of the time. I wonder if that could have been part of their eagerness to withdraw. It would surely influence me!
My husband, now 81 was one of those U. S. forces. He, for one, was happy they had withdrawn!