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"The weather was atrocious." (Audio interview, 25:28)

   Clifton Davis
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Clifton Davis sitting on a bunk, writing. [11/1944]
War: World War, 1939-1945; Korean War, 1950-1953
Branch: Navy; Air Force
Unit: Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees)
Service Location: Aleutian Islands (Alaska); also: England
Rank: Seaman First Class
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For Seaman First Class Clifton Davis, working with the 68th Naval Construction Battalion, the weather in the Aleutians was not only physically uncomfortable and potentially life-threatening--it also complicated the Seabees' construction efforts. In his interview, he discusses dealing with the swampy terrain on Attu, as well as huge storms known as "williwaws," which he describes as "a blizzard multiplied by ten." The 138 original photographs in his collection depict the snowy conditions and mountainous terrain on Attu, as well as his comrades goofing for the camera.

Interview (Audio)
»Interview Highlights  (3 clips)
»Complete Interview 
Download: audio (42 min.)
»Photo Album  (138 photos)
 Official Documents
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 Audio (Interview Excerpts) (3 items)
Arrival in the Aleutians; work building pier; makeup of construction crew. (02:28) Very little training prior to arrival; did not carry weapons; construction work; learning to run a caterpillar tractor and a bulldozer. (03:04) Horrible weather conditions; high winds; incident in which truck cab filled up with snow. (00:33)
 Official Documents (2 items)
History of the 68th Naval Construction Battalion Typewritten "Extraction of Diary" 

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