Attuans, People of
On June 7th, 1942 during an early morning raid the Japanese 301st Independent Infantry Battalion invaded a non-militarized village that had a population of 43 people at
My family is the Hodikoff family and as Prisoners of War in
At the end of the war the Attuans had not known that the United States – the country they had celebrated – would also inflict forever pain in their hearts by not letting them go back home to Attu, Alaska at the end of the war in 1945. The main reason for this was because there were undetonated war weapons (a.k.a military ordinances) left on the island. The
While the Prisoners of War were in
(*Banzai Attack: a mass attack of troops without concern of casualties and with the goal of killing oneself for the sacrifice for the Imperial Japanese Army, www.wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn, 2008.)
Reasons for Petition (Petition will begin later, please email for further questions)
Within the past 20 to 30 years the Japanese government has placed their personal memorials on
There is a need for the Japanese government to not deny any of these actions made during the war. The Japanese government should recognize the Attuans and the descendants of the Attuans. The Japanese government should recognize and ask permission from the Attuans before any current affairs are taken place on
There are at least three Japanese memorials placed on Attu by the Japanese government with the permission from the
One of these memorials is the 1987 peace memorial, which was placed on
There are memorials for Colonel Yasuyo Yamasaki on Attu again placed by the Japanese without recognition of the Attuans. The Attuans prefer not having a memorial that represents a person who defines immoral values as well as a person who dishonors life. Therefore, Colonel Yasuyo Yamasaki memorials require removal from the island.
The Attuans would like to hold both the Japanese and
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Ambrose, Stephen E. New History of World War II. Revised by Stephen Ambrose. Original text by C.L. Sulzberger. 1997.
Cohen, Stan. The Forgotten War Volume One. 1981.