Wally's Index

Wally Nadel
World War II in the Aleutians - Shemya (APO 729)
January 26, 1943 to January 27, 1946

1. Recap of Army Facilities

Ft. Benjamine Harrison, Indiana

Ft. McClellan - Anniston, Alabama

Camp Shenango - Pennsylvania

Ft. Lawton - Seattle, Washington

Fort Sheridan - Illinois

Port of Embarkation


2. Conscription - the Draft

3. Selection Process

4. Shemya

5. General S. B. Buckner, Jr.

6. Major A. Brindle

7. My Outfit

8. My Buddies

9. Supply Sergeant

10. Army Medical Experience

11. Civilian Contractors

12. Potpourri

13. Returning to the States

14. Coincidences

15. Unspoken Concerns


After weeks at sea, on a high octane Tanker, pulling into ports in

Alaska and the Aleutians, (to avoid enemy submarines) twenty-four

of us were taken to Attu, the most Westerly Island in the Aleutians.

In a day or so, we then transferred to a I! sea-goingl! tug boat,

headed for a desolate little Island, Shemya. Because of rough seas,

lack of a harbor, sand bars, we made many attempts until ---finally

on the third day, late afternoon, we landed on what was to be our

home for the next twenty-six months.

Of the 24 passengers and four crew members, precious few were not

seasick. One poor fellow didn't leave his bunk, the one with a bucket

by it's side, for three days.

See the page with the caption - SHEMYA

Part of our outfit's luxury living quarters. Notice the high tech latrines, the inviting rustic road running through,

the formal-classical landscaping!


One of the 105 Howitzers (that functioned)

First B-29 to land on Shemya, after we had to lengthen the airstrip.

© Wally Nadel 2007

Dr. Will R. Eubank - Adak 1943    Map of Alaska