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Harmon "Bud" Helmericks
Born in Gibson, Illinois in 1917, Harmon "Bud" Helmericks is a well-known Alaskan pioneer, who was a bush pilot, adventurer, guide, businessman, and author. He came to Alaska with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, having studied engineering at the University of Arizona. He has a long history as a bush pilot in northern Alaska. He lived a remote lifestyle at Walker Lake in the Brooks Range and in the Colville River delta near the Beaufort Sea coast. For years, he kept detailed journals of his adventurous life, including written observations and drawings, and in 1969 published the book The Last of the Bush Pilots. For more about Bud Helmericks see "Remembering Harmon "Bud" Helmericks" in the Alaska Dispatch newspaper.