Funter Bay History: Aleut Internment Part II

I previously discussed the Aleut Internment of WWII, in which many Native Alaskans were relocated to Funter Bay to “protect” them from the Japanese invasion of the Aleutian islands. Evacuees were shuffled out of the combat theater for the military’s convenience, and left in hastily-organized camps at disused cannery and mine sites. Conditions at the internment camps were poor, with unreliable water, heat, and medical care. Approximately 30-40 people died in the two Funter Bay camps, with more deaths at Juneau hospitals. The Funter Bay cemetery holds approximately 23 recognizable grave sites, although the list below indicates 35 burials there.

This list is from a 1980 report by the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, in hearings before the Subcommittee on Administrative Law Relations, regarding establishment of said commission and payment to victims of forcible relocation by the government.

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The full text is available via the Library of Congress here, in scanned and OCR’d form. I have copied the OCR version below. Obvious scanning and text recognition errors have been cleaned up, but there may be a few errors remaining.  Full lists of evacuees transported on the Delarof to Funter Bay (the St. Paul and St. George Island lists) are at the bottom of this page.

ATTACHMENT V INCOMPLETE DATA ON ALEUT CIVILIANS WHO DIED WHILE INTERNED IN CAMPS MAINTAINED RY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR FROM JUNE 1942 UNTIL MID-1944
The following incomplete tabulation of civilian Aleut deaths in the World War II camps is based upon the recollections of survivors and was compiled by the Aleutian/Pribilof Islands Association, Inc.:

Persons from St. George:

Galanin, Sr., Alexander. Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Lekanof, Irene, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Lekanof, Palagalia, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Lekanoff, Polagin, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Lekanof, Jr., Serge, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Lestenkof, Constantine, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Mandregan, Helen, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Nozekof, Mary, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Nozekof, Paul, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Prokopiof, Jr., Afanasia, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Profopiof, Agnes, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Prokopiof, Anna, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Prokopiof, Lucy, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Prokopiof, Stefanadia, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Swetzof, Olga, Buried in Funter Bay, Alaska.

Persons from St. Paul:
Bear, Kenneth, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Bear, Susan Delia, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Bourdukofsky, Peter, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Emanoff, Pauline, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Emanoff, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Emanoff, Polly, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Hapoff, N’ekita, Buried at Funter Bay. Alaska.
Kochutin, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Krykoff, Dorothy, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Kuchutin, John, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Mandregan, Logan, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Nederazof, Alexander, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Ousligoff, Anastasia, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Panoff. Vlass, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Shabolin, Serge, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Shabolin, Vlass, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Stepetin, Dorafey, Burled at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Swetzof, Helena, Burled at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Swetzoff, Julia, Burled at Funter Bay, Alaska.
Tetof, Doria, Buried at Funter Bay, Alaska.

Below are some of the passenger lists from the USAT Delarof. Most “Native Evacuees” from St. Paul and St. George islands (about 477 people) were left at Funter Bay. Other communities were taken to Ward Lake, Burnett Inlet, Wrangell, and Killisnoo. Non-native or white government employees from the islands were given passage out of state, although a few stayed to help organize the internment camps.

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Passenger List USAT Delarof, Native Evacuees from St George Island to Funter Bay, Alaska. June 16, 1942.

 

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Passenger List USAT Delarof, Native Evacuees from St George Island to Funter Bay, Alaska. June 16, 1942.

 

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Passenger List USAT Delarof, Native Evacuees from St George Island to Funter Bay, Alaska. June 16, 1942.

 

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Passenger List USAT Delarof, Native Evacuees from St Paul Island and Government Employees to Funter Bay, Alaska. June 16, 1942.

 

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Passenger List USAT Delarof, Native Evacuees from St Paul Island to Funter Bay, Alaska. June 16, 1942.

 

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Passenger List USAT Delarof, Native Evacuees from St Paul Island to Funter Bay, Alaska. June 16, 1942.

 

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Passenger List USAT Delarof, Native Evacuees from St Paul Island to Funter Bay, Alaska. June 16, 1942.

 

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Passenger List USAT Delarof, Native Evacuees from Dutch Harbor and Government Employees from St Paul Island, Alaska. June 16, 1942.

 

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Passenger List USAT Delarof, Native Evacuees from Dutch Harbor and Nikolski, Alaska. June 16, 1942.

Further information is also available at:

Aleut Story. Video DVD with online bibliography of source material.

Evacuation and Internment, 1942-1945. National Park Service page and archeological report by Charles Mobley.

Agony of the Aleutians: The forgotten internment. A recent (November 2014) article.

The Aleut Internments of WWII. Another recent (2014) print book.

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2 Responses to Funter Bay History: Aleut Internment Part II

  1. I wanted to thank you deeply for this blog of the evacuation and internment of my great grandmother, Agrippina Tetoff. I am a masters student and trying to do a compare and contrast of the living conditions of the white people living at Funter Bay. From Mobley’s book the people getting off of the Delerof were:

    Mobley, pg 28:

    “The two USFWS employees (St. George agent Daniel CR Benson and acting St. Paul agent Carl M. Hoverson) and their wives and the two school teachers from St. Paul – Mr. and Mrs. Helbaum – and their two children, stayed at Funter Bay with the villagers.”

    But I am finding it difficult to discover where they lived. Do you know anything about this or could you direct me where I could find out? Thanks again.

  2. Lauren, please contact me. The Tetoff are my kin and I have the largest Aleut and Alutiiq tree publicly available. I would like to connect you to your family and your ancestors and ensure your lineage will be remembered.

    Right now, I have an Agrippina Tetoff (nee Prokopioff), who was born in 1875 and died circa 1976. I don’t know if this is your great grandmother or not. If not, I will find out which family group she belongs in and with your cooperation, fill-in-the-blanks, so that it is complete and you can connect your family family in Alaska.

    You can reach me at byron_whitesides@yahoo.com and I am also to be found at geni.com, where I am a Curator of Aleut & Alutiiq genealogy.

    https://www.geni.com/people/Byron-Whitesides/6000000012005752716

    It’s fairly certain that you and I are cousins.

    Byron

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