Attu, Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Attu Residents: Deceased and Survived



Japanese forces aboard several ships reached Attu on the evening of 7 June, 1942, anchoring in Holtz Bay located on the west side of the island. It wasn't until the next morning, a Sunday, that the first contingency of Japanese reached Attu village located near Chichagof Harbor just as the Attuans were leaving church services. Attu's Unangan residents, along with Etta Jones (Etta's husband, Foster, had been killed shortly after being captured by the Japanese), were under Japanese control for three months prior to being loaded aboard a Japanese merchant ship, Yoko Maru, in mid-September of 1942. At this time the village on Attu was still intact. The ship left Attu on the 14th of September, 1942 heading for Kiska. Anecia Prokopeuff died on board the ship during the passage to Kiska. At Kiska the Attuans were transferred to yet another ship, the Nagata Maru. They were kept in a cargo hold that had been used to transport coal. They remained in the hold all the way to Japan save for periodic trips to the main deck. The trip to Japan took two weeks, with their final destination being the industrial city of Otaru, located on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. By the end of the war, of the forty people that made it to Otaru, only 24 survived. Most died of malnutrition and a diet of food to which they were not accustomed. (For a complete presentation of the Attuan's ordeal, please read the recently published book, "Attu Boy," documenting their personal accounts. This book can be obtained from the National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office, 907-644-3742).  The following is a listing of those who died in Japan, and those who survived (note: Etta Jones also survived and returned to the United States at war's end):
 
Deceased prior to 11/27/1945
 
Artumonoff, John - b. 1882, d. 1942 on Attu
Artumonoff, Mavra - b. 1924, d. 1944
Artumonoff, Peter - 23, b. 1920, d. 1944
Borenin, Annie Golodoff - b. 1919, d. 1943
Golodoff, Artelion "Arty" (Angelina's baby, b. and d. 1943 in Japan)
Golodoff, Harman (Garman) - 55, b. 1888, d. 1945
Golodoff, Helen - b. 1929, d. 1944
Golodoff, Lavrenti - b. 1900, d. 1945
Golodoff, Leonti - b. 1931, d. 1943
Golodoff, Mary - b. 1895, d. 1943
Golodoff, Michael (Julia's baby, b. and d. 1943 in Japan)
Golodoff, Valvigian (Valirjian) - b. 1939, d. 1943
Hodikoff, Anecia (Mike H.'s baby, b. and d. 1943 in Japan)
Hodikoff, Fred (Fedosay) - b. 1901, d. 1945
Hodikoff, George - 17, b. 1929, d. 1945
Hodikoff, Michael Gorga "Mike" (Chief) - b. 1893, d. 1945
Lokanin, Gabriel (Mike L.'s baby, b. and d. 1944 in Japan)
Lokanin, Tatiana - b. 1941, d. 1944
Prokopioff, Anecia Kriukov (Golodoff) - b. 1886, d. 1942 while traveling to Japan
Prokopioff, Mary - b. 1929, d. 1943
Prossoff, Bladimir - b. 1932, d. 1943
Prossoff, Martha Hodikoff - b. 1903, d. 1943
 
Surviving on 11/27/1945
 
Artumonoff, Sergi - 19, b. 1927, last recorded in 1966
Golodoff (Prokopioff), Alfred Jr. (b. 1945 in Japan)
Golodoff (Prossoff), Thecla (Fekla) - 10, b. 1935
Golodoff, Elizabeth - 3, b. 1941
Golodoff, Gregory - 6, b. 1940
Golodoff, Innokinty "Popeye" - 28, b. 1917, d. 1998
Golodoff, John - 18, b. 1927, d. 2009
Golodoff, Julia Prokopeuff - 24, b. 1923, d. 1954
Golodoff, Mary Tarkanoff Lokanin - 28, b. 1918, d. before 1963
Golodoff, Nick - 9, b. 1935
Golodoff, Olean - 5, b. 1939
Golodoff, Olean Horosoff - 36, b. 1911, d. after 1976
Golodoff, Willie - 37, b. 1918, d. 1983
Hodikoff, Angelina - 19, b. 1927, d. 1981
Hodikoff, Annie Yatchmenoff - 28, b. 1918, disappears from records in Tacoma hospital 1945
Hodikoff, John - 21, b. 1927
Hodikoff, Marina - 7, b. 1938, d. 1996
Hodikoff, Martha - 9, b. 1937
Hodikoff, Stephen - 14, b. 1931, d. 1985
Lokanin, Mike - 33, b. 1912, d. 1961
Lokanin, Parascovia Horosoff - 23, b. 1922, d. 1994
Prokopioff (Golodoff), Alfred Sr. - 38, b. 1908, d. 1963 (or 1974?)
Prossoff, Agnes - 6, b. 1940, d. 1980
Prossoff, Alexy - 29, b. 1916, d. before 1949
Prossoff, Elizabeth Prokopioff Golodoff - 27, b. 1919
 
Relocation
 
After the war was over, most of the Attuan survivors were returned to the Aleutian Islands. However, as their village on Attu was completely destroyed during the battle for Attu, many were resettled on the Aleutian Island "Atka." The island of Attu was too dangerous for resettlement as a result of unexploded ordinance and other dangers to life and limb left behind. For more of their story, read "Attu Boy," available from the National Park Service.