Territorial Guard honor wall dedicated in Bethel

Aug 06, 2014 -- 11:45am
- BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - A wall of honor celebrating the Alaska Territorial Guard has been completed at Bethel's Alaska Territorial Guard Memorial Park. Local organizers and state military leaders formally dedicated the wall Friday at the veterans cemetery. KYUK says the wall lists the names of 1,435 ATG members who served from 31 Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta villages. The largely Native militia was formed to protect the territory of Alaska during World War II. ATG Park Committee member Buck Bukowski says the recognition is overdue. The 6,000-member ATG was formed in 1942 after Japan's attack of Pearl Harbor and points along Alaska's Aleutian Islands. It disbanded with little fanfare in March 1947, almost two years after the war ended. ATG members were formally recognized 10 years ago by the Army as U.S. as military veterans.

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