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1964 ALASKA EARTHQUAKE FATALITIES
By Coleen Mielke 2014

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**The names of those that lost their lives due to
the earthquake on 3/27/1964
are at the bottom of this page


On March 27, 1964 at 5:36 PM, Alaska experienced the largest earthquake ever recorded in North America. The epicenter of the quake was in the Prince William Sound, about 75 miles East of Anchorage and 55 miles West of Valdez. It lasted 4+ minutes (it seemed like a lot longer) and was measured at 8.4 on the Richter scale; the newer and more accurate MMS (moment magnitude scale) registers the earthquake at 9.2. Some reports say that the earthquake was felt over an area almost half a million square miles. Thank goodness it happened on a holiday (it was Good Friday) or the death toll would have been much higher.



FOURTH AVENUE    ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

Two kinds of tsunami waves devastated much of south central Alaska: there was the tsunami wave that was generated by massive tectonic movement of the ocean floor; these waves traveled great distances at speeds of 500+ MPH. The second type was a localized tsunami wave caused by underwater landslides and sediment slumps near bays and harbors; these waves came ashore almost immediately and were responsible for most lives lost.


HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHT

as the result of the 1964 Alaska earthquake

SHOUP BAY in VALDEZ INLET - 220’ HIGH 

OLD VALDEZ - 30’ HIGH 

OLD CHENEGA on CHENEGA ISLAND - 89.5’ HIGH 

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

SEWARD (on RESURRECTION BAY) - 30’ HIGH

KAGUYAK (on KODIAK ISLAND) - 30’ HIGH 

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


Chenega, Valdez, Seward
Anchorage, Whittier and Kodiak
had the highest death tolls


CHENEGA

The small fishing village of Chenega, perched on the edge of Chenega Bay in Prince William Sound, was completely destroyed. Three monster tsunami waves came ashore within the first few minutes of the earthquake, destroying every home, demolishing the dock, destroying their skiffs and drowning 23 of the 76 residents.

When the earthquake started, the villagers knew to turn off their oil stoves, find their children and run up the steep slope behind the village. The older children ran ahead while the parents stayed behind and valiantly tried to carry their babies and pre-school children to the safety of higher ground. The first of three 90' foot tsunami waves came ashore and  demolished everything in the village except the school which was on high ground. Water engulfed many of those who were still trying to make it up the hill and when the waves receded, children were wrenched out of their parents arms, never to be found again. Twenty three people drowned; twelve of them were children.

The 53 survivors were taken to Cordova and never moved back to .Chenega Twenty years after the earthquake, the village of NEW CHENEGA was established on Evans Island.


VALDEZ
Dozens of adults and children were on the Valdez dock watching the M.V.CHENA unload it's freight just before the earthquake hit. It was almost Easter and fresh flowers and holiday goods were anticipated. When the earth started shaking, a 4,000' x 600' section of the Valdez waterfront slide into the bay which created an immediate 30' localized tsunami wave. People couldn't run fast enough to get off of the dock before it collapsed into the bay, taking with it a warehouse, a packing plant, a cannery, a bar and 28 people, never to be found again. The next 30' wave reached the business center of Valdez, heavily damaging 40% of the businesses, crippling the water, sewer and phone systems; the entire town was damaged beyond repair and it all happened in less than 10 minutes!! The town was later moved to its present day location.


EMERGENCY MESSAGE HEARD JUST SECONDS
AFTER THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE HIT IN VALDEZ:


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

 

SEWARD
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 slump and NEVER found. 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 the fire all over Seward.

Waves tumbled the 125 boats in the small boat harbor and deposited some of them far inland, on dry ground. Railroad tracks were stripped right off of their rails and railroad tank cars were tumbled like pickup sticks.  Remarkably, only 13 people died in Seward.

ANCHORAGE
Parts of Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, saw substantial devastation; not from tsunami waves, like other parts of south central Alaska, but from ground movement, since downtown Anchorage sits on a bed of Inlet clay which liquefied when the earth shook. The liquefied earth caused several huge land slides, like the one that destroyed three blocks of Fourth Avenue (see above photo). Over behind the old ANS hospital, a section of that bluff (650' side 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 split lengthwise and collapsed. The front of the new five story J.C.Penny building on 5th Avenue collapsed; the new six story Four Seasons apartment building on L Street collapsed and the air traffic control tower at International Airport collapsed.

Major ground movement also destroyed the Turnagain Heights subdivision (off of Northern Lights Blvd.) where many prominent Anchorage families lived. The upscale community was built on a high bluff overlooking the Inlet. When the shaking started, the entire 8,600' x 1,200' bluff, complete with 75 homes, slid nearly 1,000', tossing the houses, cars and pavement into a jumbled mess and killing 4 people. The subdivision was never rebuilt, and today that area is called Earthquake Park.


WHITTIER
The devastation in Whittier happened at lightening speed during the 1964 earthquake. Even
before the earth had 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 for miles, filling the little town with black smoke.





KODIAK
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 harbors breakwater and deposited them two to three blocks into town. Downtown, buildings were pushed off of their foundations, tipped over and moved 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 dead.


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When you search the Internet for fatality statistics, regarding the 1964 Alaska earthquake, you are going to find a wide variety of numbers. Some sources list only those who were killed by tsunami waves; some sources add those killed inland; some sources add those that died in Oregon and California.  This web page includes everyone I could find, including those that perished while trying to come to the aid of others and a few that died of heart attacks and two babies; one that died of exposure right after the earthquake and one that was born prematurely and couldn't get medical help because of the earthquake.

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This web page is respectfully dedicated to those who lost their lives due to the earthquake and the families they left behind.









NOTE: If you find a name below that has been underlined, you can
click on that
name and it will take you to a more detailed
account of what happened to that particular person

REST IN PEACE


(Not in strict alphabetical order)

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, Mary
Kodiak, Alaska Reported missing/ Never found
Anderson, Rudy
Kodiak, Alaska Reported missing/ Never found
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
(info from Tsunamis Affecting Alaska 1737-1996 page 84)
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
(info from The Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 page 80)

Baker, Clayton James 1918-1964
b. Montana

Anchorage, Alaska Killed at his home in Turnagain Heights. Son of William Baker and Ruth Agnes Briggs Baker. Handicapped as a child by polio. 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 Michelson's 3 children: Teresa Lee, Randy and Keith.
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. Buried in Seattle
Blendheim, Alfred
Port Ashton, Alaska Drowned while trying to secure his skiff at Crab Bay on Evans Island
Boddy, Dan Percy 1916-1964
b. Michigan

Valdez, Alaska Was a truck driver from Fairbanks, waiting on the dock to load freight from the ship: Chena. Husband of Irene, father of Michael, Sylvia and Nancy.

Brossow, Alfred "Fred" 1920-1964
b. Wisc.
Seward, Alaska Never found after tsunami - Memorial plaque at American Legion. Some sources say he was on a boat called the Vicky Lynn. Husband of Elsie Lentz Brossow
Brown, Freddy O. 1919-1964
Valdez, Alaska Born in Kansas, wife Mary, father of Donis. Worked for the State of Alaska. Buried in Valdez
Bushor, Jack Leroy Jr. 7 Kodiak, Alaska Formerly of Greenville, Pennsylvania. Son of Arlene (Boyer) Wallace and Jack Bushor Sr. Step-son of Airman Gordon Wallace
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 is on McClure Bay.
*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 McClure Bay.
*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 McClure Bay.
*often incorrectly included with the Chenega victims.
Clawson, Agatha Winifred 52 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.

Clawson, William Eben


54






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 Jr. 12
Kodiak, Alaska Walking on Beach Road in Kalsin Bay with 12 year old Richard Vosgien. Both boys killed by tsunami. Son of Maurice Curry Sr.
Damon, Frances 1926-1964
Whittier, Alaska Lived in Soldotna: arrived in Whittier 1½ hours before tsunami, body never Found. Mother of Lawrence Damon

Damon, Lawrence  1948-1964
Whittier, Alaska Lived in Soldotna: arrived in Whittier 1½ hours before tsunami, body never Found; son of Lawrence Damon and Frances Goodrich Damon

Day, Leonard 50's Whittier, Alaska Lumber Company employee  Body never found (husband of Alberta) One week from retirement.
Day, Alberta 50's Whittier, Alaska Wife of Leonard Body never Found
Deis, Mary Eva 1913-1964
Seaside, Oregon Died of heart attack when wave struck her home; she is buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery Portland, Oregon: Daughter of Anton and Rosalia Deis
Edwards, Earl Floyd 56 Crescent City, California Employed by Timber Transport. Husband of Juanita Edwards. Drowned when boat overturned.
Edwards, Juanita Pearl 42 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


 
 
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 A. 1912-1964
b. Wash.

Valdez, Alaska Son of Arthur and Jannette Granger; husband of Glenna Day
Gregorieff, Paul 50
Valdez, Alaska Longshoreman, crushed by shifting freight on "Chena" Husband of Mary (Vlasoff) Gregorieff
Son of Larry and Natalia Nellie Gregorieff




Growden, James Wilson Sr. 29 Valdez, Alaska Teacher & coach at Valdez High School
Son of William Nelson Growden
Growden, David Lee 3 Valdez, Alaska Son of James Sr.
Growden, James Jr. 4 Valdez, Alaska Son of James 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 Percy and Pearl Harrison
Hatch, Jesse Lee

1926-1964
b. 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 Hatch. Husband of Charlotte Lorraine Walker. Was  named after Jesse Lee Children's Home in Seward where his parents met.
Henderson, Harry Alden
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"
Kodiak, Alaska Lived in Seward, but was fishing near Kodiak. His crew tried to move the boat before the tsunami hit. Bill was the only one killed on the crew. Body never found. Was married with 6 children.
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
Ft. Richardson,
Alaska
Died in surgery from head injury from falling debris at the Ft. Rich Service Club. He was in Co. B, 33rd Signal Bn., Fort Richardson (from Toledo, Ohio).
Knight, Leora 1907-1964
Anchorage, Alaska Wife of Virgil Knight, her maiden name was Oliver. She was crushed by a falling beam in her house in Turnagain Heights, her husband survived but lost his leg.
Knutsen, Stanley  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 "Sut" 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 Nielson, 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  of Hekla. Husband: Stella Moniz Layton, Daughter: Madeline Magnusson
McKenzie, Louis Charles 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 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 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 3 Newport, Oregon McKenzie family was from Washington but they were
camping at Beverly Beach State Park, Oregon
Parents: Monte and Rita Kay McKenzie

Magruder, Oran Gilbert 73 Crescent City, California Former stage coach operator. Died of heart attack at his home
Manson, James W. "Jay"
Old Harbor, Alaska

Elderly man who 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.
 
Martinez, Joseph J. 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.  Husband of Jean Avis Barrie Ross
Mead, Perry III 12 Anchorage, Alaska Child of Dr. Perry Mead & wife Wanda. 
Mead, Merrell P. 2 Anchorage, Alaska Child of Dr. Perry Mean and wife Wanda. 
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 1922-1964
b.Alaska
Seward, Alaska Was a 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)
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 "Sut" Larsen, Eli Wasilie and Ted Panamarioff. Harry Nielsen's body never found.




O'Leary, Donald M. 29
Valdez, Alaska Life long resident of Fairbanks, son of Maurice O'Leary. Husband of Irene O'Leary.
Osmonovich, Mike 1918-1964
b. Nevada
Seward, Alaska Drowned in tsunami, never found. Son of Nickola and Mary 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. Other crew that died on the boat were John "Sut" Larsen, Eli Wasilie and Harry Nielson. Panamarioff's body never found.
Parks, James 1901-1964
Crescent City, California Died when his trailer overturned on Front Street in Crescent City, California. He was a shoe repairman.
Pettikoff, Sammy


Reid, Frank O.


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 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  44 Anchorage, Alaska Wife of Baxter Rustigan, mother of Rusty, Bonnie and Robert. Killed by falling concrete from J.C. Penny Bldg. in Anchorage
Schmidt, William Elmer "Dutch"  1898-1964
b.Germany
Valdez, Alaska Son of Johann and Caroline Schmidt. Longshoreman swept to sea after first wave. Husband of Lula Belle Day Schmidt
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 (Oukuk)
Seward, Alaska Maiden name Oukuk (Yupik). Body never found, wife of Robert 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. Sterling O. 1924-1964
b.Arkansas
Valdez, Alaska Swept off of Valdez dock, never found.
Son of Virgil Roland Stapp and Ada E. Williamson
Stuart, Debra L. child
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. child Valdez, Alaska Daughter of Earl and Sammie Marie Stuart
Stuart, Larry P. child 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. He was the only son of Leroy and Alice 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 International Airport Tower
Son of George W. and Elizabeth 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 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 F.

26

Kalsin Bay, Alaska
Drowned while trying to get back to Naval Station  Also drowned was Arlene's son Jack Bushor Jr. Kalsin Bay is on Kodiak Island.
Walunga, Frank
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; hunters refused aide. Bodies never found.
Ware, Gerianne Dee 6 months Whittier, Alaska Daughter of Jerry and Judy Ware
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 "Sut" Larsen, Harry Nielson and Ted Panamarioff. Eli Wasilie was from Larson Bay, his body was never found.
Wheeler, Phillip G.
Valdez, Alaska
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 (aka Maggie Pearl) Gilliam Williams
Wright, Bonita Ione 2
Crescent City, California Daughter of William and Teresa? Wright. Drowned while she, her baby brother and mother tried to flee their home near South Beach, Crescent City, California.

Wright, William Eugene  1 Crescent City, California Son of William and Teresa? Wright. Was pulled from his mothers arms by the water as they tried to flee their home near South Beach, Crescent City, California

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 and buried in Kodiak. Kaguyak is on Kodiak Island.
Zeedar, Inakenty "Nick"



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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