This page updated 1999 September 22
Kodiak Alaska Military History
Iron Bottom Beach
In order to remove the two bombs from the beach several factors must be
Retrieval of an aerial bomb
In order to accomplish this task. A tow truck, 400 feet of heavy wire
rope and 1 1/2 inch double braided nylon line were used.
- 1-Access is by foot only at extreme low tide
- 2-The bomb must be hauled 40-60 feet across a debris strewn beach,
pulled up and through a 10 foot high pile of mangled and tangled metal.
- 3-Pulled vertically up a 50 foot cliff.
- 4-Weight of each bomb is in excess of 700 lbs.
The nylon line formed the basis of the harness that was fitted to the
bomb. Sections of wire rope were bolted together and the tow truck
would reel in each section. As each section reached its end, the bomb
was tied off so that it would not move. The cable section removed and
the next section threaded onto the winch. This process was repeated
until the bombs were on level ground at the top of the cliff.
The bombs were transported by two means. One was tied onto a flatbed
and delivered to the museum site. The second arrived tied off to the
stabilizer bar of the tow truck.
Once safely on the ground, the bomb cavities were cleaned of excess
dirt, rock and rust. They were then carefully rolled into place in the
museum's Miller Point Bunker for display.
The contractor hired to remove the bombs from their location on Iron
Bottom Beach was Rhino Towing of Kodiak, AK. The cost to retrieve the
two bombs was $600.00. Since the museum does not have the funding for
an operation such as this. Funding for the bomb removal project was
donated by Aksala Electronics, Inc. of Kodiak, AK.
bomb1.jpg Harness in place, the bomb is ready to start being hauled
across the beach
bomb2.jpg Closer view of bomb1.jpg
bomb3.jpg Strain is on the cable and the bomb is moving. Note the
deep furrow in sand.
bomb4.jpg Bomb has just cleared the 10 foot high metal pile and will
be starting straight up the cliff.
bomb5.jpg Closer view of bomb4.jpg
bomb6.jpg A close up view of the bomb ready for the final assent up
bomb7.jpg The actual view of the bombs final positioning and the
height of the cliff.
bomb8.jpg Progress up the cliff.
bomb9.jpg Progress up the cliff.
bomb10.jpg Progress up the cliff.
bomb11.jpg Notice not a bit of rust is left on the bomb.
Its torturous journey to the top of the cliff stripped of barnacles and 50 years of rust.
The picture here is the final turn around the log onto stable ground at the top of the cliff face.