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This week on 49 Voices, we’re hearing from Taylor Holman in Unalaska. Holman is a high school senior, and she won first place in Alaska’s Russian Language competition this year.

TRANSCRIPT: I first started taking Russian freshman year, actually, because I had cross country after school and I didn’t want to do P.E. and cross country. So I switched into Russian and that’s where it all started, I guess.

DMITRI DANE/ALEUTIAN ISLANDS PHOTOGRAPHY & U.S. COAST GUARD

In Unalaska, the U.S. Coast Guard has cleaned up controversial graffiti that was found spray-painted on a World War II bunker last month.

The slogan read: “#722LIFE. MORGENTHUGS,” which led many Unalaskans to suspect crew members of the Coast Guard cutter Morgenthau.

The vessel was recently decommissioned after nearly 50 years of service, so the crew of another cutter -- the Mellon -- was assigned to cleanup duty last week.

Dmitri Dane/Aleutian Islands Photography

#722LIFE. MORGENTHUGS.

That statement has been splashed across the side of a World War II bunker in Unalaska, leaving some residents outraged on social media.

On a rare sunny day in March, Dmitri Dane hiked up the back side of Mount Ballyhoo, where military structures from World War II still look out over the Bering Sea.

"It’s amazing," said Dane. "You can see the mountain range, you can see Hog Island, and the bunkers are on the very edge of the cliff.”

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

The U.S. Air Force made a special visit to Unalaska Tuesday after a hiker found unexploded ordnance from World War II. A bomb squad destroyed the artillery shell in a controlled explosion.

During the war, hundreds of soldiers were stationed atop Mount Ballyhoo, one of the tallest peaks in Unalaska. Last week, a local hiker found an explosive reminder of that wartime past, tucked away in the tundra at the base of the mountain.

“So the Air Force came out and we blew it up,” said City Investigator Chris Honan.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

About 75 years ago, the U.S. Navy built a marine railway in Unalaska. It was basically an underwater railroad that helped the military haul boats out of the Bering Sea during World War II.

Since then, the railway has slowly gone to seed and recently, it was demolished for good.

Next to Unalaska’s small boat harbor, in the shadow of Bunker Hill, construction crews are tearing down a piece of history.

“They’re loading up the steel carriage that they used to pull the boats up in,” says Joe Sacramento.

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