Additional information about Foster and Etta Jones has been found in a great book titled "The Aleutian Invasion" published in 1981. It was prepared by Ray Hudson and his students at the Unalaska High School. A letter introducing this book follows:
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Here's an extract relating to the fate of Charles Foster and Etta Jones, residents of Attu when the Japanese attacked on June 7th, 1942:
Additional Information from other sources:
Until the advent of Mary Breu's book "Last Letters from Attu" published in 2009 not much information was available regarding the final days of Charles and Etta Jones' life on Attu as WWII reached the Aleutian Islands. Charles Foster Jones was a sixty year old ham radio operator and weather observer, his 62 year old wife Etta Jones, was a teacher and trained nurse working for the U.S. Government. They lived in the little village of Attu which consisted of frame houses located around Chichagof Harbor. The Aleuts maintained a precarious existence as they had for centuries by fishing, trapping the foxes, and weaving baskets. Missionaries, as well as government patrol boats and small fishing craft, provided the inhabitants with their only direct link with the outside world...except for the small radio operated by Mr. Jones who was in frequent contact with Kodiak, AK.
For a short time after their invasion of Attu, the Japanese occupational forces maintained the services of the Aleut fishermen to supply them with food. As the Japanese forces became more entrenched, Mrs. Jones and the entire Aleut population (approx. 48) of the little village at Chichagof Harbor was transported in the hold of a freighter to Hokkaido, Japan for internment. Foster Jones had been killed by the Japanese during interrogation in the opening days of the invasion. Mrs. Jones was separated from the native Aleuts and interred at Yokohama (along with U.S. Navy personnel captured by the Japanese on Kiska), while the Aleuts were held prisoners at Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan. The Japanese garrison now had the island of Attu entirely to themselves, and began setting up defensive positions in preparation for the anticipated invasion by Allied forces.
[Note: There are several variations of the story relating to the Jones' fate after the Japanese invasion of Attu. One story has it that the roles were reversed with Foster Jones being the schoolteacher. Another story has it that Foster was shot by the Japanese. Additionally, other stories indicate that Foster had a cache of guns in the mountains of Attu and that he was shot as he headed for his weapons. These were largely uninformed speculations. However, I do believe Foster was "point man" for the U.S. Government, keeping an eye out for and reporting to Kodiak, AK by radio on suspicious Japanese activity from his viewpoint at this westernmost advantage. For the whole story, do read "Last Letters from Attu by Mary Breu!]