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Alaska Natives honored for protecting territory during WWII


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Officials on Friday posthumously honored more than a dozen members of a largely Alaska Native citizen militia who protected the U.S. territory from the threat of Japanese invasion during World War II, bringing closure to their families for a service that went unrecognized for decades.

Gov. Bill Walker and state veterans affairs officials presented Army discharge papers to the relatives of 16 deceased members of the Alaska Territorial Guard during a ceremony ahead of Memorial Day weekend.

The event was an emotional time for Rebecca Czyz, the niece of militia member...

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