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1964 ALASKA EARTHQUAKE FATALITIES

By Coleen Mielke 2017


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THE FOLLOWING EMERGENCY MESSAGE WAS HEARD JUST SECONDS
AFTER THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE HIT OLD VALDEZ 3/27/1964:


"Mayday!  Mayday!  Mayday!
This is the Motor Vessel CHENA calling ANYONE!!
VALDEZ IS GONE! VALDEZ IS GONE!"


On March 27, 1964 at 5:36 PM (Alaska time), an earthquake that lasted 4 minutes and 37 seconds, struck south central Alaska; it was the strongest earthquake ever recorded in United States history, measuring 9.2 on the MMS Scale. Thank goodness it all happened on a holiday (Good Friday), or the death toll would have been much higher. I will never forget it.



  FOURTH AVENUE IN ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

Two kinds of tsunami waves destroyed many coastal communities that day. First, there were waves generated by massive tectonic movements in the ocean floor; those waves traveled great distances at tremendous speeds. The second type of wave was a localized tsunami wave, which was the result of underwater landslides and sediment slumps near the waterfronts of bays and harbors. These localized waves came ashore almost  immediately (even before the ground stopped shaking) and were responsible for the majority of lives lost in Alaska. Powerful aftershocks plagued Alaska for more than three weeks after the "big one".


SHOUP BAY in VALDEZ INLET - recorded tsunami wave 220’ HIGH 

OLD VALDEZ - recorded tsunami wave 30’ HIGH 

OLD CHENEGA (on Chenega Island)- recorded tsunami wave 89.5’ HIGH 

WHITTIER on WESTERN EDGE OF PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND - recorded tsunami wave 43’ HIGH

SEWARD (on RESURRECTION BAY) - recorded tsunami wave 30’ HIGH

KAGUYAK (on KODIAK ISLAND) - recorded tsunami wave 30’ HIGH 

PORT NELLIE JUAN (PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND) - recorded tsunami wave 49’ HIGH 

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THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO DIED ARE
AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

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CHENEGA (23* dead)

The small Alutiiq fishing village of Chenega, perched on the edge of Chenega Bay in Prince William Sound, was completely destroyed by three localized tsunami waves that came ashore within minutes of the earthquake. The waves washed away every house, demolished the dock, destroyed their boats and drowned 23* of the 75+ residents. The only building that survived was the school house because it was on high ground.

The people of Chenega were earthquake savvy, so when the earth started shaking that day, they turned off their oil stoves and headed for higher ground.

Parents told their older children to run up the mountain which was directly behind the village. Those with babies and pre-schoolers, tried to carry them up the mountain, but were hit by tsunami waves which pulled younger children out of the arms of their parents, never to be found again. Twenty three* people drowned at Chenega; twelve of them were children.

NOTE: In total, twenty six Chenega residents died due to the earthquake, 23 of them died IN Chenega and 3 others (the Chimovisky family) died at Port Nellie Juan (19½ miles from Chenega) where they were working as cannery caretakers.

Chenega's 53 survivors were taken to Tatitlek, Cordova or Anchorage and never moved back to Old Chenega. Twenty years after the earthquake, the village of NEW CHENEGA was established on Evans Island.

VALDEZ   (33 dead)

Twenty eight adults and children were on the Valdez dock watching the "M.V.CHENA" unload it's freight when the earthquake struck. The crew (as was custom) had been throwing candy and oranges to the children on the dock.

The earthquake quickly turned the glacieal sediment along the waterfront, into liquid mud and a 4,000' x 600' section of it slid out into Port Valdez, displacing the water and
collapsing the dock, warehouse, packing plant, cannery and bar; it also threw everyone on the dock down onto the muddy ocean floor. Almost instantly, a 30' wave of mud and water rushed back into the waterfront, burying everything.

The next 30' wave reached the business district of Valdez and heavily damaged 40% of the businesses. The Union Oil tanks ruptured and caught fire and the water, sewer and phones were crippled. The entire town was damaged beyond repair in less than 10 minutes!! Three years later, the whole town of Valdez was moved to a safer location, 4 miles away.


SEWARD  (12 dead)

Both kinds of tsunami waves hit the town of Seward. Less than a minute after the earth started shaking, a 3,500' section of the waterfront (at the south end of town) slid into the bay, creating a 30' localized tsunami. The underwater land slide carried away the cannery, the boat dock, the Army dock, part of the railroad dock and the Standard Oil dock. To give you an idea of how massive this land slide was: a 200 ton wharf crane, at the railroad dock was swallowed up by the underwater slump and NEVER found again.

Subsequent waves spread burning oil (from the Standard Oil Company tanks) toward the loaded railroad tank cars and the Texaco tank farm, which then exploded, spreading fire all over the town of Seward.

Waves destroyed the small boat harbor and shuffled (for the lack of a better word) the 125 boats moored there; some boats were pushed far inland, onto dry ground. Railroad tracks were stripped off of their rails and tank cars were tumbled like pickup sticks. Remarkably, only 13 people died in Seward.


ANCHORAGE  (8 dead plus 1 from Ft. Richardson)

Parts of Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, saw substantial damage; not from tsunami waves, like other parts of central Alaska, but from
4½ MINUTES
of ground movement which turned the clay and sediment (that the Inlet side of Anchorage is built on) into a liquid that caused large landsides, like the one that destroyed three blocks of Fourth Avenue (see above photo). Another problem area was over behind the old A.N.S. Hospital, where a section of the bluff (650' wide x 12' deep) fractured and moved north, taking out a fuel storage tank and lowering part of the hospital parking lot by 25'. The south wing of the Government Hill Elementary School dropped 30' and the east wing of the school split lengthwise and collapsed. The front of the new five story J.C.Penny building collapsed as did the new six story Four Seasons apartment building on L Street; the 60' tall air traffic control tower at International Airport also collapsed.

Major ground movement destroyed 75+ homes and killed 4 people in the Turnagain Heights area (off of Northern Lights Blvd.) where many prominent Anchorage families lived on a high bluff overlooking the Inlet. When the shaking started, the entire 8,600' x 1,200' bluff slid nearly 1,000', breaking homes in half and burying others. Today that area is called Earthquake Park.

WHITTIER  (13 dead)
The devastation in Whittier happened at lightening speed during the 1964 earthquake. Even
before the earth stopped shaking, three 40' localized tsunami waves came ashore (90 seconds apart), killing 13 of Whittler's 70 residents and depositing two ton boulders on shore. The waves demolished the railroad depot, the Columbia Lumber Company and tipped over the Union Oil tank farm which then exploded and sent burning oil out into the bay and filling the town with black smoke.

KODIAK   (13 dead)

Tsunami waves came ashore at Kodiak about every 55 minutes for almost 10 hours. The first 30' waves were the largest, but the smaller ones were none the less deadly. The waves pushed 50 and 100 ton crab boats over the harbor breakwater and deposited them 2 to 3 blocks into town. Downtown, buildings were pushed off of their foundations and relocated from one block to the next. Forty percent of Kodiak's business district and thirty percent of its fishing industry facilities were demolished. The small boat harbor was destroyed, as were 158 homes and 13 people were killed.


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When you search the Internet for specific Alaska earthquake fatality statistics, you are going to find a wide variety of numbers. Some sources list only those who perished IN Alaska; other sources add people who perished in California and Oregon. My web page includes everyone who died, including those that perished while trying to come to the aid of others and a few that died of heart attacks, during the earthquake. I've also included two babies that aren't on most lists; one that died of exposure right after the earthquake and one that was born prematurely and couldn't get necessary medical help because of the earthquake. In all, my records show 142 people lost their lives.

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Alexandroff, Chief Simeon "Simmie"
1937-1964
Kaguyak, Alaska


Last seen holding on to overturned skiff - body never found. Husband of Rena Melovedoff. Mother: Sasha Alexandroff. Kaguyak is on Kodiak Island.

Anderson, Eddie
Kodiak, Alaska Reported missing/ Never found
Anderson, Rudy
Kodiak, Alaska Reported missing/ Never found
Anderson, Mary
Kodiak, Alaska Body recovered from sunken boat near the the King Crab Cannery dock at Kodiak (3 days after tsunami)
Arrigoni, Adolph John
1898-1964
Crescent City, California
Native of Italy. Drowned in his home in Crescent City, California. Father of Josephine Jurichich.
Baby (name not known)
1964-1964
Akhiok, Alaska

Baby died right after earthquake but before tsunami arrived, probably from exposure. Akhiok is on south end of Kodiak Island.
Baby (born prematurely, name not known)
1964-1964
Tyonek, Alaska
Baby born pre-maturely (morning after earthquake) radio out of commission due to earthquake and they could not call the doctor
Baker, Clayton James 1918-1964
b. Montana

Anchorage, Alaska Handicapped as a child by Polio. Died at his home in Turnagain Heights. Son of William Baker and Ruth Agnes Briggs Baker. Buried in Montana
Barnes, David George 1934-1964
born: South Dakota

Whittier, Alaska Son of George and Catherine Barnes.Father of Vicki, Micki and Ricki who also perished; bodies never  found. Partner of Lewis Michelson who also perished, along with his 3 children: Teresa Lee, Randy and Keith Michelson.
Barnes, Micki Lee
 

Barnes, Ricki Dean


Barnes, Vicki Lurree
1959-1964



1960-1964
 



1958 1964

Whittier, Alaska
 

Whittier, Alaska




Whittier, Alaska
Child of David George Barnes,  body never found



Child of David George Barnes, body never found




Child of David George Barnes, body never found




Bledsoe, Clarence Paul 1920-1964
b. Wash.
Kodiak Alaska WWII Veteran. Son of Howard F. and Vera (DeWeese) Bledsoe, Husband of Hazel Louise Braddock. Buried in Seattle
Blendheim, Alfred

Port Ashton, Alaska

Drowned while trying to secure his skiff at Crab Bay on Evans Island (Prince William Sound).
Boddy, Dan Percy 1916-1964
b. Michigan

Valdez, Alaska Was a truck driver from Fairbanks, waiting on the dock to load freight from the MV Chena. Son of Edward Boddy and Mary Tait. Husband of Irene, father of Michael, Sylvia and Nancy.

Brossow, Alfred "Fred" 1920-1964
b. Wisc.
Seward, Alaska Body never found - Pfc. 60th Arm. Bn. 9th Armoured Div. Alaska World War II. Son of John Charles and Lillian (McKay) Brossow. Some sources say he was on a boat called the Vicky Lynn. Father of Duane Robert Browwow. Husband of Elsie Lentz Brossow.
Brown, Freddy O. 1919-1964
Valdez, Alaska Born in Kansas, husband of Mary, father of Donis. Worked for the State of Alaska. Buried in Valdez
Bushor, Jack "Jackie" Leroy Jr. 1956-1964
Kodiak, Alaska Son of Arlene L. (Boyer)(Bushor) Wallace and Jack Bushor Sr. Step-son of Airman Gordon Wallace. Buried in Pennsylvania.
Byers, Charles W. Sr. 84 Cordova, Alaska Eyak Lake area, found dead of heart attack after his house was washed off of its foundation.
Carriker, Lowell Duane Rev. 1930-1964
b. Missouri

Valdez, Alaska Pastor of  of Assembly of God Church, body never found. Husband of Bonnie. Son of Virgil Carriker and Ruby Gertrude Kaschmieder; children: Jan 7 and Lee 3.




Chimovisky, Alex
(various spellings)
1902-1964
b. Nuchek

Port Nellie Juan, Alaska

Lived with son who was caretaker at Port Nellie Juan. Alex was son of the Chief of Old Nuchek. Port Nellie Juan on Prince William Sound. *Often incorrectly included with the Chenega victims.
Chimovisky, Anna
various spellings
1898-1964
b.Chenega

Port Nellie Juan, Alaska


Wife of Alex Chimovisky; staying with son at Port Nellie Juan on Prince William Sound. *Often incorrectly included with the Chenega victims.
Chimovisky, Emmanuel
various spellings
1928-1964
b.Chenega

Port Nellie Juan, Alaska


Caretaker for closed cannery buildings at Port Nellie Juan on Prince William Sound. *Often incorrectly included with the Chenega victims.
Clawson, Agatha Winifred "Gay"

1912-1964
b.Indiana
Crescent City, California Co-owner of the Long Branch Tavern near Crescent City, California. Wife of William Clawson. Drowned when boat overturned while trying to escape tsunami. Maiden name Reynolds.

Clawson, William Eben


1910-1964
b.California






Crescent City,
California



Co-owner of the Long Branch Tavern near Crescent City, California. Husband of Agatha Winifred Clawson. Drowned on his 54th birthday when his boat overturned while trying to escape the tsunami.


Cunningham, Dennis (Rutledge) 15 Valdez, Alaska Was standing on the docks when the tsunami hit. Son of Sharon Lawrence.
Curry, Maurice Newton 1894-1964
Kodiak, Alaska Walking on Beach Road in Kalsin Bay with 12 year old Richard Vosgien when hit by tsunami wave, they both drowned. Third wife: Helen Schrup.
Damon, Frances (Goodrich) 1926-1964
b.California

Whittier, Alaska Lived in Soldotna: arrived in Whittier 1½ hours before tsunami, body never Found. Father: Clarence Eugene Goodrich. Mother:Anna Fosset. Mother of: Lawrence Eugene Damon. Her parents donated 160 acres for the Damon Memorial in Soldotna, Alaska, in honor of their daughter Frances and grandson Lawrence.

Damon, Lawrence Eugene  1948-1964
b. Nevada

Whittier, Alaska Lived in Soldotna: arrived in Whittier 1½ hours before tsunami, body never Found; son of Lawrence Eugene Damon and Frances Goodrich Damon

Day, Leonard in his 50's?
Whittier, Alaska Winter caretaker for lumber company. One week before retiring to Oregon.  Body never found (husband of Alberta) 
Day, Alberta In her 50's?
Whittier, Alaska Wife of Leonard Day, body never found
Deis, Mary Eva







Dirksen, Isaac T.
1913-1964







1929-1964

b. Indonesia

Seaside, Oregon






Bolinas Bay, California
Died of heart attack when wave struck her home; she is buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery Portland, Oregon: Daughter of Anton and Rosalia Deis



Was fishing in Bolinas Channel when a tidal wave surge swept him off of a reef and his hip waders filled with water and he drowned. Husband of Bobbie Louise Dirksen.
Edwards, Earl Floyd 1907-1964
Crescent City, California Employed by Timber Transport. Husband of Juanita Edwards. Drowned when boat overturned.
Edwards, Juanita Pearl 1921-1964
Crescent City, California Wife of Earl Edwards. Worked at the Long Branch Tavern. Drowned when boat overturned. 
Elbe, Emil 1910-1964
Seward, Alaska Railroad conductor; died of heart attack while running from tsunami. Buried at the American Legion Cemetery in Seward   Parents: Gottlieb and Caroline Jorgeleit.
Eleshansky, Sally


Eleshansky Sr., Steve



Eleshansky, Ronda 

1916-1964



1921-1964



Infant

Chenega, Alaska
 


Chenega, Alaska




Chenega, Alaska

Wife of Mickey Eleshansky  Maiden name Selanoff Found dead on the beach at Knight Island by her husband, 2 days after tsunami.

Father of Steve Jr., and Ronda Eleshansky Husband of Dorothy Selanoff. Was holding baby daughter and trying to run up the mountain, but the tsunami got to them before they could get high enough.

Daughter of Steve & Dorothy "Tiny" Eleshansky
Erb, Frank Henry
Point Nowell, Alaska Only person at fish camp, disappeared and presumed drowned. Point Nowell is on Knight Island Passage.
Evanoff, Jack 1896-1964 Chenega, Alaska Brother of Willie Evanoff
Evanoff, Nellie 1906-1964
b. Kniklik
Chenega, Alaska Wife of Jack Evanoff 
Evanoff, Sally 1912-1964 Chenega, Alaska Wife of Willy Evanoff   daughter of Anna Vlasoff
Evanoff, William

1898-1964 Chenega, Alaska Village Chief in 1948
Brother of Jack Evanoff and husband of Sally Evanoff
Fenner, Mabel M.

Kodiak, Alaska  Died of heart attack 3/29/1964. Was local magistrate for over 25 years.
 
Fields, Joan V. 25 Crescent City, California Fiancé of Gary Clawson 7/26/1938--3/28/1964
Drowned when boat overturned.
Finke, Lester Floyd 1914-1964
b. Iowa

Seward, Alaska Swept off of a dock, Body never found
Son of Fredrick and Anna Katharina Finke. Three children.
Granger, Douglas Arthur 1912-1964
b. Wash.

Valdez, Alaska Son of Arthur Hotchkiss Granger and Cora Janette McMillan. Husband of Glenna Jane Day, father of Terry and Oma Jean. Step-father of Becky. Ex-husband of Lucille Ann "Callie" Holmes. Brother-in-law of Robert Percy Harrison who also died that day.
Gregorieff, Paul 50
Valdez, Alaska Longshoreman, by shifting freight on "Chena" Husband of Mary (Vlasoff) Gregorieff
Son of Larry and Natalia Nellie Gregorieff




Growden, James Wilson Sr. 28

Valdez, Alaska Teacher & coach at Valdez High School. Husband of Ellucia Hodge.Father of David Lee, James Wilson and Rhonda Lynn Growden. Son of William Nelson and Gwendolyn (Fisher) Growden. Born in Ruby, Alaska and raised in Fairbanks. He died one day before his 29th birthday.

Growden, David Lee 4
Valdez, Alaska Son of James Growden Sr.
Growden, James Wilson Jr. 2
Valdez, Alaska Son of James  Growden Sr.








Harrais, Margaret Keenan  92
Valdez, Alaska She died 3 weeks after the earthquake, of pneumonia, due to water in her lungs from the wave that washed her house away. Came to Alaska in 1914 as a teacher. Widow of Martin Harrais.
Herrington Jr., Donald
Seward, Alaska Crew member of the oil tanker Alaska Standard. Was last seen hanging onto a barrel in the water. Never found.
Harrison, Robert Percy 1913-1964
b. Canada
Valdez, Alaska Longshoreman unloading the freighter Chena on dock at Valdez. Son of William James Percival Harrison and Pearl Etta Nahrgang.Husband of Fay Day.  Father of Bonnette, Steve, Andrea and Cyndie. Brother-in-law of Doug Granger who also died that day.
Hatch, Jesse Lee

1926-1964
born: Unalaska
Seward, Alaska Had been out seal hunting with Frank Walunga in a 14' wooden skiff; the 2 men were last seen 12 minutes after earthquake by Dr. Starr and Bob Hayes; hunters refused aide. Bodies never found. Son of Peter Saposnikoff Hatch and Annie Hattie Swanson Hatch. Husband of Charlotte Lorraine Walker. Was  named after Jesse Lee Children's Home in Seward where his parents met.
Henderson, Harry Alden 1915-1964
Anderson Bay, Alaska

Fisherman from Valdez. Harry, his boat and his fishing cabin were swept out into the ocean by the tsunami, never found. Anderson Bay is near Valdez.
Hillsberry, Lavella 1928-1964
Crescent City, California Native of Blackfoot Idaho. She died when she tried to warn friend; she was found amongst the debris in Elks Creek
Jackson, Arvilla child
Chenega, Alaska Daughter of Dora Ribaloff Jackson
Jackson, Cindy child
Chenega, Alaska Daughter of Dora Ribaloff Jackson
Jackson, Danny child
Chenega, Alaska Son of Dora Ribaloff Jackson
Jackson, Dora 29 Chenega, Alaska Mother of Cindy, Danny and Arvella. Daughter of Sam Ribaloff
Johnson, Sam
Valdez, Alaska
Jones, William "Bill" 1916-1964
Kodiak, Alaska Lived in Seward, but was fishing near Kodiak on boat called Sunrise. The tsunami rolled the boat and Bill was the only one killed on the crew. Husband of Frances Sarah Shea, they had 6 children. Son of George W. Jones and Marian Humble.
Joslyn, Chester George
Valdez, Alaska Longshoreman at the Valdez Dock.
Joy, Bill
Point Whitshed, Alaska Washed out to sea; was using a clam shack on the beach, three miles south of Cordova.
Kleparek, Gary Lynn 1945-1964
Ft. Richardson,
Alaska
Died in surgery after head injury from falling concrete at the Ft. Richardson Skyline Service Club. He was a Pfc. in Co. B, 33rd Signal Bn., Fort Richardson Army Base. Son of Mrs. Naomi G. Swanson of Ohio.
Knight, Leora Ellen 1907-1964
b.North Dakota
Anchorage, Alaska Leora Ellen (nee Oliver) Knight, wife of Virgil Eugene Knight and mother of Carol Knight. During earthquake, the ground opened in front of her house and she fell in and was crushed as it closed back up. Her husband, who also fell in the crack, lost his leg. Daughter of Maurice Herbert Oliver and Ellen Maud Hulbert.
Knutsen, Stanley  age 14 Valdez, Alaska Swept off of dock in Valdez.
Kompkoff, Daria 1912-1964
b. Tatitlek
Chenega, Alaska Wife of Willie Kompkoff
Maiden name Levshakoff
Kompkoff, Willie 1898-1964 Chenega, Alaska Husband of Daria Kompkoff
Kompkoff, Julia Ann 9
Chenega, Alaska Daughter of Nick & Mary (Selanoff) Kompkoff
Kompkoff, Norma Jean 3 Chenega, Alaska Daughter of Nick & Mary (Selanoff) Kompkoff
Kompkoff, Richard 1939-1964
Chenega, Alaska Drowned  by third tsunami wave while trying to help the Vlasoff family. He was the son of Willie and Daria Kompkoff
Kompkoff, Joanne Chenega, Alaska Daughter of Joe and Avis Kompkoff,  
Body found on Knight Island two weeks after tsunami
Kraiger, Howard H. 1903-1964
b. Michigan
Valdez, Alaska Crushed by shifting freight on "Chena". Son of Elmer and Lenora Kraiger, husband of Jennie Eva Thorstenson
Kulstad, Georgia  "Pat" 
Valdez, Alaska Wife of Robert Kulstad, night watchman for the Valdez dock, mother of Roger Kulstad (they lived in a trailer on the dock).




Larsen, John "Sutt" 1931-1964
b.Kodiak
Afognak, Alaska He was the Skipper of a boat called the Spruce Cape when it broke apart. Son of Louie and Olga (Naumoff) Larsen. Other crew on the boat that died were Harry Nielsen, Eli Wasilie and Ted Panamarioff. Larson's body found at Spruce Cape.
Layton, Virgil Connoly 1913-1964
Kodiak, Alaska Died 3/29/1964 doing salvage work at Kodiak harbor with the vessel Hekla. Husband: Stella Moniz Layton, Daughter: Madeline Magnusson
McKenzie, Louis Charles age 8 Newport, Oregon McKenzie family was from Washington but they were
camping at Beverly Beach State Park, Oregon
Parents: Monte and Rita Kay McKenzie

McKenzie, Robert Russell age 7 Newport, Oregon McKenzie family was from Washington but they were
camping at Beverly Beach State Park, Oregon
Parents: Monte and Rita Kay McKenzie

McKenzie, Richard Andrew age 6 Newport, Oregon McKenzie family was from Washington but they were
camping at Beverly Beach State Park, Oregon
Parents: Monte and Rita Kay McKenzie

McKenzie, Tamara Nannete age 3 Newport, Oregon McKenzie family was from Washington but they were
camping at Beverly Beach State Park, Oregon
Parents: Monte and Rita Kay McKenzie

MacGruder, Oran Gilbert 1890-1964
Crescent City, California Former stage coach operator.He was caught in the flood and died of heart attack. Husband of Ann MacPherson (Ralph) MacGruder.
Manson, James William "Jay" b. 1893 Quarff, Scotland
Old Harbor, Alaska

Husband of Nellie Peterson (married 1938 Unalaska).
Lived on Sitkalidak Island in Old Harbor area. Lived alone with his dog. Was seen in a row boat between tsunami waves, but never found after that.
 
Martines, Joseph S. 35
Anchorage, Alaska Died in the Aurora Hotel (Anchorage) when a chimney fell on him. He was from Mexico and came to Alaska every summer to work. He had a wife and 4 children in Mexico City
McClure, Donald Sgt. 36 Crescent City, California Eel fishing on Klamath River with best friend Sgt. Stuart Harrington when tsunami hit and pushed them two miles up river. McClure rescued Harrington by getting him onto a log; when 2nd wave it and McClure drowned. His body was found a month later, 20 miles from where the Klamath River empties into the ocean. Body found by a fisherman on the drag-boat "Sally". Husband of Hisako McClure, father of Dorris, Shirley and Jackie.

McCoy, Ross Alvin  1918-1964
b.Kansas
Valdez, Alaska Body never found. Son of Fred McCoy and Mary Ethel Shannon.  Husband of Jean Avis Barrie Ross
Mead, Perry III 12 Anchorage, Alaska Child of Dr. Perry Mead & wife Wanda.  Body never found. 
Mead, Merrell P. 2 Anchorage, Alaska Child of Dr. Perry Mean and wife Wanda. Body never found.
Michelson, Lewis 35 Whittier, Alaska Father of Teresa Lee, Randy and Keith Michelson who also perished. Partner of David Barnes who also perished with his 3 children Micki, Ricki and Vicki.
Lewis Michelson died on his birthday: 3/27/1964.
Michelson, Teresa Lee 6 Whittier, Alaska Child of Lewis Michelson (never found)
Michelson, Randy 5 Whittier, Alaska Child of Lewis Michelson (never found)
Michelson, Keith 2 Whittier, Alaska Child of Lewis Michelson (never found)
Moe, Victor Edwin 1922-1964
b.Alaska
Seward, Alaska Was at Seward small boat harbor when tsunami hit.
Buried in the Seward City Cemetery
Son of Fritcof Hakanson and Marva Wolkoff
Mueller, Donald 38 Valdez, Alaska Died on Valdez dock (never found) Son of Victor H. Mueller and Blanche Bertha Rohlf.
Nielsen, Harry 1936-1964
b.Afognak
Afognak, Alaska Was a crew man on a boat called The Spruce Cape, when it broke apart. Other men on the boat were John "Sutt" Larsen, Eli Wasilie and Ted Panamarioff. Harry Nielsen's body never found, he was the son of Nelse Nielsen and Enola von Scheele Nielsen.




O'Leary, Donald M. 1935-1964
Valdez, Alaska Life long resident of Fairbanks, son of Maurice O'Leary and Elsie Catherine Rasmussen. Husband of Roberta "Bertie" Persinger O'Leary.
Osmonovich, Mike 1918-1964
b. Nevada
Seward, Alaska Drowned in tsunami, never found. Son of Nickola and Mary (Gayer) Osmonovich/ Croatian
Panamarioff, Theodore "Ted" 1900-1964
b. Kodiak
Afognak, Alaska Was from the village of Ouzinkie. Was on a boat called the Spruce Cape when it broke apart. Husband of Ada Lena (Carlsen) Panamarioff, son of Timothy Panamarioff. Other crew that died on the boat were John "Sutt" Larsen, Eli Wasilie and Harry Nielsen. Panamarioff's body never found.
Parks, James 1901-1964
Crescent City, California Drowned when a wave floated his trailer off of its foundation and it overturned on Front Street in Crescent City, California. He was a shoe repairman.
Pettikoff, Sammy


Reed, Frank Oscar




1941-1964
Shuyak Strait, Alaska

Cape St. Elias, Alaska 

Disappeared on boat right after earthquake, assumed drowned in tidal wave.
 

Coast guardsman with broken leg, drowned while other Coast Guard friends tried to rescue him. Cape St. Elias is on Kayak Island

Reft, Albert Andrew 1919-1964
b. Kodiak
Kodiak, Alaska He died trying to save a friends boat at the docks. Neither he nor the boat was ever found. Son of John Reft of Estonia and Katie (Bishard) Reft. Survived by wife Tina (Katelnikoff) Reft and 3 children. 




Robinson, Richard Jay 1936-1964
b. Idaho

Valdez, Alaska Son of Rex Johnson Robinson & Ruth Stoddard Robinson and husband of Sharon Robinson. Branch President of the Valdez LDS Church.  He was unloading freight from a ship when tsunami hit; his body was never found. Three children: Lynne, Richard Jr. and Gregory.




Rustigan, Mary Louise "Bobbie"
44 Anchorage, Alaska Wife of Baxter Rustigan, mother of Rusty, Bonnie and Robert. Killed by the falling concrete facade of the new J.C. Penny Bldg. in Anchorage
Schmidt, William Elmer "Dutch"  1898-1964
b.Wisconsin
Valdez, Alaska Son of John and Caroline (Ritter) Schmidt. Ex-husband of Lula Belle Day. Father of Oma Lea, Roger William, Wayne Edmund and Mary Jane Schmidt. Longshoreman swept to sea after first wave. Husband of Dorotha Thelma Whelan.
Schultz, Eugene Albert
Kodiak, Alaska Music teacher in Kodiak. Died in tsunami at Chiniak Bay. Husband of Rose Marie. Body never found.
Schultz, Rose Marie 1938-1964
Kodiak, Alaska Died in tsunami at Chiniak Bay. Wife of Eugene Schultz, maiden name Cavaness
Selanoff, Jeanne child Chenega, Alaska Daughter of Charlie & Kathy Selanoff; sister of Karen Selanoff
Selanoff, William (Billy) child Chenega, Alaska Was walking on the beach when the tsunami hit.
Son of Charlie & Kathy Selanoff; brother of Karen Selanoff
Selanoff, Thomas Paul baby/twin Chenega, Alaska Son of Paul Selanoff and Junie Elashansky
Selanoff, Robert Jr. baby/twin Chenega, Alaska Son of Paul Selanoff and Junie Elashansky




Simmons, Robert Martin  1921-1964
Seward, Alaska Out fishing on his boat, body never found
Son of Olive Lay Simmons & Lester Benjamin Simmons Husband of Louise Ellanna (Oukuk), Brother of Barbara
Simmons, Louise Ellanna (Oukuk)
Seward, Alaska Maiden name Oukuk (Yupik). Body never found, wife of Robert Martin Simmons.
Spadaro, Frank 73 Seward, Alaska Retired railroad yard foreman. Was at the Seward small boat harbor when tsunami hit, body never found.
Stapp, Sr. Sterlin Ovel 1924-1964
b.Arkansas
Valdez, Alaska Swept off of Valdez dock, never found.
Son of Virgil Roland Stapp and Ada Elizabeth Williamson
Stuart, Debra L. 1953-1964
Valdez, Alaska Daughter of Earl and Sammie Marie Stuart
Stuart, Earl Lincoln "Smokey" 1931-1964
b.California
Valdez, Alaska Son of Dallas Berton & Dorothy Pearl (Bond) Stuart
Husband of Sammie Marie Stuart and father of Janice, Debra and Larry Stuart.
Stuart, Janice L. 1955-1964 Valdez, Alaska Daughter of Earl and Sammie Marie Stuart
Stuart, Larry P. 1951-1964
Valdez, Alaska Son of Earl and Sammie Marie Stuart
Stuart, Sammie Marie 1934-1964
Valdez, Alaska Wife of Earl "Smokey" Stuart. Mother of Janice, Debra and Larry Suart
Styer, Lee Marlin  1945-1964
Anchorage, Alaska Ran out of the J.C. Penny store to check on his brand new car, when part of the store collapsed and fell on him (buried in Ohio). He was the only son of Leroy and Alice (Hayden) Styer.
Tabasco, George T. "Joe" About 50?
Valdez, Alaska Swept off of Valdez dock during tsunami. Former mechanic at Chilkoot Barracks for Company F, 7th Infantry.

 
Taylor, William George 1918-1964
b. Oregon

Anchorage, Alaska Died in Anchorage International Airport Tower.Son of George Washington Taylor and Elizabeth (Keedy) Taylor
Totemoff, Phillip Jr.


Thompson, Ralph E.
child




Chenega, Alaska



Valdez, Alaska
Son of Shirley; Grandson of Willie Kompkoff




Third mate on the SS Chena, had a heart attack during the earthquake, died next morning
VanBuskirk, Jack Theodore 1926-1964
b. Wash.
Valdez, Alaska Son of Ralph & Frances Elba Onalee (Harris) Van Buskirk

Husband of Betty A. Stinnett and father of Esther and Mark.
Vlasoff, Anna
Chenega, Alaska Mother of Sally Evanoff,  body found on beach, washed out of her house when first tsunami wave hit. Buried in Cordova.
Vosgien, Richard P. 12 Kodiak, Alaska Walking on Beach Road in Kalsin Bay with 12 year old Maurice Curry. Both boys killed by tsunami. Son of Art Vosgien.

Wallace, Arlene L.

1938-1964

Kalsin Bay, Alaska
Arlene L. Boyer (Bushor)(Wallace) drowned along with her son Jack Bushor, at Kalsin Bay on Kodiak Island. They were trying to get back to Naval Station . Wife of Airman Gordon Wallace. Buried in Pennsylvania with son.  
Walunga, Frank 1919-1964
b.Russia
Seward, Alaska Had been out seal hunting with Jesse Lee Hatch in a 14' wooden skiff; last seen 12 minutes after earthquake by Dr. Starr and Bob Hayes, but hunters refused aide. Bodies never found. 
Ware, Geriann Dee 1963-1964 Whittier, Alaska Daughter of Jerry and Judy Ware.Second tsunami wave crushed the family trailer and pulled mother and baby apart. Baby found alive in snowbank, but later died.
Wasilie, Eli 
Kodiak, Alaska Was a crewman on a boat called The Spruce Cape, when it broke apart. Other men on the boat were the skipper, John "Sutt" Larsen, Harry Nielsen and Ted Panamarioff. Eli Wasilie was from Larson Bay, his body was never found.
Wheeler, Phillip  1915-1964
Valdez, Alaska (assumed) Son of George A. Wheeler and Edith A. Peak
Wisdom, Alva Marvin  1910-1964
b. Oregon
   

Seward, Alaska Swept away by a wave as he was working to clear the causeway of tsunami debris. Husband of Helen Edra (Barger) Wisdom Buried in the Pioneers Cemetery - Seward
Williams, Milton Thomas "Bud" 1921-1964
b.Wyoming
Valdez, Alaska Husband of Lois Lee (Gilliam) Williams also known as "Maggie Pearl".
Wright, Bonita Ione 1962-1964

Crescent City, California Daughter of William Eugene and Kathern Ilene (Merz) Wright. Drowned while she, her baby brother and mother tried to flee their home near South Beach, Crescent City, California. Age 2

Wright, William Eugene  1963-1964 Crescent City, California Son of William Eugene and Kathern Ilene (Merz) Wright. Was pulled from his mothers arms by the water as they tried to flee their home near South Beach, Crescent City, California .   Age 10 months

Wyatt, Donald 31 Kaguyak, Alaska From Los Angeles.  He was a geologist.  He & his wife, Joyce were camped 2 miles from Kaguyak Village. His body was found floating in the lake (he was buried in Kodiak). Kaguyak is on Kodiak Island.
Zeedar, Inakenty "Nick"


49
Kaguyak, Alaska "Nick" Zeedar, Simmie Alexandroff, Victor Melovedoff & Max Shelikoff tried to get a large skiff that they wanted to use to transfer the women and children to safety. Nick & Simmie were lost. Nick's body was found on the beach, covered by a broken section of the roof. Kaguyak is on Kodiak Island
Zook, Gerald Lee Hibner   "Jerry " 27
Valdez, Alaska
Born in Wrangall, Alaska, son of Nettie Prescott and Lyle Hibner, step-son of Bill Zook. Was to be married week after earthquake. Died on the Valdez dock, body never found.



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