LAST LETTERS FROM ATTU: THE TRUE STORY OF ETTA JONES, ALASKA PIONEER AND JAPANESE P.O.W. -- one woman's letters tell the story of her life in Alaska , and what happened to those taken prisoner when the Japanese invaded Attu Island
Last Letters From Attu: The True Story of Etta Jones, Alaska Pioneer and Japanese P.O.W. by Mary Breu (2009, Alaska Northwest Books; 320 pages)
The true story of an Alaska pioneer, stationed on Attu when the Japanese invaded the island. Jones' letters and photographs have been used by her grand-niece, Mary Breu for this book.
Etta Jones was an American school teacher who, in 1941, along with her husband, Foster, agreed to teach the Natives on the remote Aleutian island of Attu. They were both sixty-two years old when they left Alaska's mainland for Attu against the advice of friends and family. Etta and her sister moved to the Territory of Alaska in 1922. She planned to stay only one year as a vacation, but this 40-something-year-old nurse from back east met Foster Jones and fell in love. She married and for nearly twenty years they taught in remote Alaskan villages, including their last posting on Attu Island at the far end of the Aleutian island chain. Etta's life changed forever on that Sunday morning in June 1942 when almost 2,000 Japanese military men invaded Attu Island and Etta -- along with the rest of the civilian population -- became a prisoner of war. She was taken from American soil to Japan and given up for dead. This is the story of a brave American, a woman of courage and resolve with inextinguishable spirit.
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