to Offer Postwar Pioneers?
Alaska has lived peacefully for generations with two great neighbors:
the Canadian Northwest and Soviet Siberia and Arctic. Prospectors wander freely
back and forth across the Alaska-Canada border and travel undisturbed up and down
the Yukon between the two countries. Natives of Little Diomede Island, in Bering
Strait, which belongs to the United States, and of Big Diomede, which belongs
to the USSR, speak the same language, go to each others dances and entertainments,
Soviet pilots have flown American bombers and fighters from
Fairbanks to their own country, and citizens of the two nations have assisted
each other in search for lost airmen and in thrilling rescues. Canadian and American
airmen have used each others air bases to bomb Japanese shipping and installations.
Canadian and Russian blood flow in the veins of many an Alaskan. In peace and
war, Americans, Canadians, and Russians have exchanged weather information, knowledge
of the air lanes, and scientific data on such topics as wheat raising, reindeer
culture, and mining methods.