Military Builder from the ’40s Revisits Kodiak

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Maggie Wall/KMXT

Little is left of Kodiak’s huge military infrastructure from World War II.

If you’ve walked in the woods and hills along the ocean-hugging roads, you know that there are any number of old concrete foundations that are buried under masses of berry bushes, alder and willows.

Most of the foundations were built during the early ‘40s as America prepared for war. Kodiak became a major staging area for the North Pacific with a joint Navy – Army operations center located here.

We get so used to seeing the foundations and the bunkers, but how have you wondered about the people who built those things?

One of the men who built Kodiak’s bunkers is Ivan Fox. He was in Kodiak last week visiting friends in Uganik.

Fox is into his 90s now, but he remembers coming to Kodiak as if it was yesterday. He talked with KMXT’s Maggie Wall this past weekend while waiting for his flight back to Seattle.

((Ivan Fox 1 3:32 "I was born down…in fishing as I did."))

Former Kodiak resident Ivan Fox.

Fox later worked in several of the local canneries and in other parts of the state. Maggie interviewed him as part of the Kodiak Maritime Museum’s "When Crab Was King" oral history project.

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