Native Alaskans honored for protecting Alaska during WWII

Ben Mallott holds his late grandfather Jay Mallott’s honorary discharge papers for his service in the Alaska Territorial Guard, a largely Native citizen militia that served to protect the U.S. territory from the threat of Japanese invasion during World War II, outside the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, Alaska, Friday, May 26, 2017. Ben Mallott, the son of Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, was among relatives of 16 deceased members of the unit who attended a ceremony at the Heritage Center to receive the documents. (AP Photo/Rachel D’Oro)

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