Tuesday, July 23, 2024




North to Alaska - Parts Two and Three

Author: Steve Moskal

Two and a half years ago, I posted a blog about a trip our family took to Alaska. We celebrated Shelley’s birthday by taking a cruise that led us through Alaska’s Inside Passage, into Glacier Bay National Park.


On one amazing day, we were joined by the Glacier Bay National Park Ranger team, as they gave us a guided tour through the park (from the ship), culminating with an up close view of Margerie Glacier. I wrote about the differences between our trip and the experiences my father had when he served in the army, stationed in Alaska during the Korean conflict.


Shelley and I are going to the park again. This time for a different experience as well. We are going to visit my daughter. 

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North to Alaska - Two Different Experiences

Author: Steve Moskal

My father served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean conflict. While the majority of his platoon was sent overseas, he and a few others in his company were deployed to the Alaskan Territory (Alaska did not become a state until 1959) to guard Elmendorf Air Force Base, outside of Anchorage.

The United States, and the then Soviet Union, were in the height of the Cold War. Only 90 miles separated the territory from the Soviets so he was involved in several maneuvers that took his company to some of the most extreme conditions the region had to offer.

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