9th Air Force
5004th Air Intelligence Service Squadron
Elmendorf Air Force Base
Everette Carr, Airman Third Class, United States Air Force, shipped out to Alaska from San Francisco, sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge on the United Sates Navy Battleship, USS Thomas Jefferson, enroute to Alaska about August, 1954. He was assigned to the 5004th Air Intelligence Service Squadron, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska.
Shortly after his arrival in Alaska he was promoted to the rank of Airman Second Class. After about six months in Anchorage he was assigned to Special Unit B, 5004th Air Intelligence Service Squadron, headquartered in Nome, Alaska. In actuality, Everette spent only two days in Nome before being transported by bush plane to his classified assignment as an Intelligence Specialist. His destination was Unalakleet, Alaska where he would replace Rod Moore, an Intelligence Specialist that was due to be discharged, having fulfilled his four year commitment to the United States Air Force.
Everette arrived in Unalakleet in February, 1955 and dismounted the plane, which had landed on the frozen Unalakleet River, dressed in civilian clothes and carrying United States Government identification. Nothing about him would, for the duration of his stay in Unalakleet, identify him in any way with the Air Force.
Everette Carr would remain in Unalaklett for about 7 months, departing in August, 1955 by bush plane and then being returned to Anchorage and the 5004th Air Intelligence Sevice Squadron. During the seven months that he lived among the Eskimo population in Unalakleet he assemilated himself into the village society and led a subsistance life, hunting and fishing with the Eskimos. The matter of assemilation was made easy by virtue of his predecessor having been in the village living among the Eskimo inhabitants for some number of months. While on assignment, Rod came to know one Eskimo man in particular. This individual was a thirty year old, single Eskimo named Nathan Anawrok. Nathan had served in the Army in the Aleution Islands during World War II. Prior to leaving Unalakleet, Rod Moore would marry Nathan's sister, Margaret Anawrok and the two of them attended the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.
Everette and Nathan hit it off immediately and Nathan, eleven years Everette's senior, took Everette under his wing and showed him the ropes of Eskimo life in the far north. If Nathan went rabbit hunting, Everette went rabbit hunting. If Nathan went out searching for bear, he took Everette with him. If Nathan engaged in commercial fishing, i.e., seining with a net, then Everette stayed home because it would have been illegal for Everette to fish in a manner that was suitable only for a Native Alaskan, but would be criminal behavior for a white man. But, when Nathan went sport-fishing in the late evening, you can bet Everette was beside him in the boat. If you saw Nathan, it was very likely that Everette was close by. They did just about everything together.
The entire Anawrok family welcomed Everette into their home and their lives. Nannie Anawrok made Everette's first pair of mukluks (knee-high seal skin boots) and sewed his rabbit skin parka and covering, the one used for daily activities. She also made him a beautiful seal-skin dress parka, suitable for going to church or to a wedding (All this with Everette providing monetary compensation of course). If Nathan and Everette went rabbit hunting all of the rabbits went to the Anawrok's, but Everette would then be invited over for fresh rabbit stew and home-made bread. Whenever Helen or Alice would bake fresh bread, their would be a knock on Everette's cabin door with the offer of a fresh loaf of bread. There is nothing better than a loaf of fresh baked bread. Every so often, Helen would drop by Everette's cabin with broom and dust pan in hand and give his cabin a good going over.
Nathan taught Everette how to play cribbage and they played late into the long, dark, cold nights. Nathan usually won, the master and the student; in cards, hunting, fishing, dog-sledding, the way of life of the Eskimo and just about every aspect of life in general. Although Everette had brought with him his own family values, he would learn much of life in the short time that he and Nathan spent together in Unalakleet, Alaska. Nathan was a fine young man, a man who stood head and shoulders above all others in the community.
Shortly after returning to Anchorage, Everette was reassigned to Fairbanks where the 5004th Air Intelligence Service Squadron had a satellite unit. Everette would finish out his Alaskan tour in Fairbanks and shortly before being dispatched back to the lower forty-eight, was promoted to Airman First Class. He returned to the states in May, 1956.
Everette's new assignment was with the Air Training Command at Witchita Falls, Texas. He was subsequently promoted to Staff Sergeant and on November 3, 1957 was discharged from the Air Force where upon he returned to his home, Memphis, Tennessee to attend Memphis State University where he studied Business Management.
Everette and Nathan stayed in touch for a time, but with so much distance between them, it was difficult to maintain a continuing correspondence. Everette recently learned that Nathan Anawrok had passed away in Anchorage, Alaska on April 23, 1997 at age 72 years. It was a sad day for Everette when he learned that Nathan had passed away so many years ago. As it turns out, Nathan had eventually married. His wife's name is Rena Anawrok. Nathan and Rena had three children, that I am aware of; Alfred, Roger and Helen. Roger preceded his father in death.
I very much regret not having kept in contact with Nathan over the years. I am very sorry that we ceased to communicate with one another. With this new knowledge of Nathan's passing, and with my mind being flooded with memories of the past, I was inspired to dig out some pictures that were taken over fifty years ago in Unalakleet. With memories of Nathan and all members of the Anawrok family flooding my mind and my heart, I dedicate this web site to the memory of Nathan Anawrok.
Nathan W. Anawrok