Fort Learnard

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Fort Learnard (1942-1946) - A World War II Coastal Fort first established in 1942 on Eider Point, Unalaska Island, Aleutians West Census Area, Alaska. Named Fort Learnard after Brigadier General Henry G. Learnard (Cullum 3362), who explored the Susitna River, Alaska, in 1898. Abandoned in 1946.

Fort Learnard Cantonment Plan 10 Dec 1944. Click on image to expand and then click for full size image.

World War II (1941-1945)

Part of the Harbor Defense of Dutch Harbor.

Fort Learnard was located on a 2,542-acre site that came to include Battery 298 and Battery AMTB - Eider Point Spit In what was identified as Location #10 on the World War II Harbor Defense Annex for Dutch Harbor. The site was procured for government use on 30 Apr 1942. The cantonment area for the AMTB personnel was at Location #10b close to the shore at Wide Bay below the AMTB Battery site.

AMTB Battery Cantonment Area.

Fort Learnard World War II Battery (edit list)
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No. Caliber Type Mount Service Years Battery Cost Notes
Battery 298 2 6" Shielded Barbette 1942-1943-1943-1950 $ ? Tac 4
Structure & Shields Remain
Battery AMTB - Eider Point Spit 2
194?-194? $ ? Tac 3a
Source: CDSG

Current Status

Part of Fort Learnard Historic Site. Some remains on Eider Point, Unalaska Island, Aleutians West Census Area, Alaska. The site is currently owned by the BLM, Native Corporations, and private parties.

Location: Eider Point, Unalaska Island, Aleutians West Census Area, Alaska.

Maps & Images

Lat: 53.96141 Long: -166.60132

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  • Elevation: 420'

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See Also:


  • Roberts, Robert B., Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States, Macmillan, New York, 1988, 10th printing, ISBN 0-02-926880-X, page 23
  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project Harbor Defenses of Dutch Harbor, (SRHDDH), 1944, CDSG
  • Denfield, Colt, Dutch Harbor Coastal Defenses, Coast Defense Study Group Journal, Volume 7, Number 1, February, 1993, page 30-36.
  • Willford, Glen M., Visitation to Alaskan WWII Coast Defense Sites, August 1997, The CDSG Newsletter, The Coast Defense Study Group, Inc., November 1997, page 2-3.
  • USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry: 2436029


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