#1. These first 3 photos are definitely from Adak, springtime 1944. The water tasted so
good, we had the best coffee I ever tasted. And I never drank coffee until I went to the
Aleutians. We made ice cream out of snow and a powder (maybe powdered milk?) that
we mixed into it. In all my life, I never tasted any better ice cream.
#2. The commanders brought husky dogs to Adak so we had something to break the
monotony. Those dogs were so friendly. They would knock you down trying to play. We
were so sick of seeing those big ravens fly around. We wanted permission to shoot them,
but the officers wouldn't let us.
#3. We regular guys didn't sleep in a barracks, at least not right away. We slept in two-
man pup tents. (I asked where Charlie was, his lifelong friend). He was right next to me,
where do think he was! When the williwaws kicked up, it took 3 or 4 guys to lock arms for
bathroom duty. When the snow blew probably 8 feet or higher, we had to dig up and out
of the tent first.
#4. Adak Church Services. It was nice of the priest to come to the Aleutians to hold
services for us. We told him he was crazy to come to a place like this. He said he was
only doing his job, just like we were.
#5. Adak Church Services.
#6. Got to be Attu, Mt. Moffett on Adak is only 700 ft. or so). Charlie Hoerske (left), Simon
(center), unknown soldier (right). Every day, we climbed up to our AAA revetment,
probably 1500 or 2000ft. up. One day, a soldier was climbing up to us. We yelled, "Hey
you idiot. Take a wrong turn at Seattle? You better have some hot coffee for us!" When
he got close enough, we recognized him - General Simon Bucker. He said, "Which one of
you misfits is Private Simon Feiza?" I thought I was a goner. "Well we have the same
name, you can't be that bad. I want to do something for you, name it. (Dad NEVER said
why). I want to go to officer's training. Gen. Buckner, said, "Well, all right I guess. MP
school first." Then I blurted out, Charlie too. Where I go, he goes. The general muttered
something I can't repeat. He went back down the hill. I was shipped out to California
headed for MP school. But my appendix ruptured. While I was laid up, an officer picked
me up for New Guinea and then the Philippines. I never made it to officer's school.
#7. Grinning on a foggy day.
#8. Some guys from the south couldn't take the cold. I never minded, even on Attu.
Charlie and I found a way to keep our feet from frostbite. We were up 15 minutes before
role call with dry, warm feet. We told the other guys but everyone seemed to have their
own system. (Dad played plenty of golf, even winter golf. Down to 10 degrees, or lower
with no wind. He used orange golf balls in the snow).
#9. The commanders wanted to do something special for the Attu vets. We were issued
two beers each. Boy that tasted good!