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This Web site presents the true story of my great-aunt, Etta Jones. In Last Letters from Attu: The True Story of Etta Jones, Alaska Pioneer and Japanese POW, her remarkable story of courage and adversity is accurately told, depicting events as they unfolded when the Japanese invaded the tiny island of Attu, Alaska, on June 7, 1942. Thirteen months later, American forces recaptured the island. The battle at Attu was a costly one, second only to Iwo Jima in the number of casualties and fatalities.

Last Letters
From Attu


Mary Breu
Etta Jones, single, 42 years old and an accomplished teacher and nurse, arrived in Alaska in August, 1922. One year later, she married gold prospector Foster Jones. For the next 19 years, they lived, worked and taught in remote Athabascan, Alutiiq, Yup’ik and Aleut villages where they were the only white people. Their last assignment was Attu.

After the invasion, Etta spent 39 months in Japanese POW sites located in Yokohama and Totsuka. She was the first female Caucasian taken prisoner by a foreign enemy on the North American Continent since the War of 1812, and she was the first American female released by the Japanese at the end of World War II.

Using descriptive letters she penned, her unpublished manuscript, historical documents and personal interviews with key people who were involved with events as they happened, her extraordinary story is told for the first time in Last Letters from Attu: The True Story of Etta Jones, Alaska Pioneer and Japanese POW.