Life From the Sea (Part VI)
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The Aleut Evacuation
The "duration villages," as officials called them, had holes in their roofs, floors, and walls, and no plumbing, electricity, or toilet facilities. Medical care was virtually non-existent.
Thousands of years of communal living stood the people in good stead. They worked together to improve their rough dwellings, and by the end of the war, many of the men were bringing home money by working outside the camps.
The children who had spent three years in the camps never forgot the suffering they and their parents had endured. Thanks to their determined activism, the 1988 Civil Liberties Act formally apologized for their actions and inactions during the WWII Aleut evacuation.
The Shift to Commercial Fishing
The war permanently changed the Aleutian Island economy. Airfields were now scattered throughout the chain, along with radio ranges, weather stations, and 8,300 miles of charted navigational airways. Canneries developed a process for freezing crab meat that allowed them to process fish on boats, and made it more profitable to harvest giant king crab.