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Published August 27, 2010, 07:51 AM

Effort to save bit of history in Beach stymied

BEACH, N.D. (AP) — An effort to save a piece of World War II history scrawled on an inside wall of the century-old train depot in Beach before the building was demolished this summer has been stymied.

BEACH, N.D. (AP) — An effort to save a piece of World War II history scrawled on an inside wall of the century-old train depot in Beach before the building was demolished this summer has been stymied.

A local historian wanted to preserve a portion of a brick wall where a railroad worker compelled to record a piece of startling news grabbed a paintbrush and wrote the words, "Japs Invade Alaska. June, 1942."

Despite the political incorrectness of the word "Japs" for "Japanese," the graffiti recalls the brief invasion of Alaska's Aleutian Islands six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Jerry DeMartin says that when he went to photograph the wall after not having been in the depot for 13 years, he discovered time and rain and snowmelt damage had erased all trace of the words.

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