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Peratrovich, Standley D. (1919-2002) | Sealaska Heritage Institute Archives

Name: Peratrovich, Standley D. (1919-2002)

Historical Note:

Stanley D. Peratrovich was born in Klawock, Alaska on May 4, 1919 to James and Kathryn Peratrovich. His father was a Croatian immigrant to Alaska and his mother was Tlingit from the Kuiu Island area of Southeast Alaska, of the Raven Moiety and Dog Salmon Clan. Stanley was raised in Klawock but then sent to a boarding school, the Wrangell Institute of Wrangell, Alaska where he completed his studies around 1938. Thereafter he enrolled in Washington State College (now Washington State University) at Pullman, Washington. While a college student the Second World War began and Stanley enlisted, later serving from 1941 to 1945 in his home state of Alaska in the 297th Infantry Battalion, Company B, Harborcraft Detachment. During his time in Alaska he was based, operated at, or traveled to Haines, Seward, Whittier, Anchorage, Harbor Craft, Attu, and Adak. His two home ports were Seward and Adak.

After the war in 1948, Peratrovich married ex-army nurse Evelyn Taber in Walla Walla, WA. For the next decade or longer Stanley served as a boat captain for Harbor Tug & Barge in San Francisco, CA. After Peratrovich and his wife retired, they moved to Bainbridge, WA. In Peratrovich’s later years he was active in the American Legion and attended veteran’s reunions for the 297th Infantry Battalion. Stanley Peratrovich passed away on June 22, 2002 in Bainbridge, WA.

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