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    The only people that were ever killed in the lower 48 during WWII was a preacher and his wife with some kids on a picnic. The wife and kids jumped out of the car and were looking around while the preacher was get stuff out of the car. All of a sudden he heard the boom and ran over where they were, and found them all dead. It killed everyone buth the preacher. I think the number of deaths was 6. It's very sad and I pray that no one else is killed by them. There are still almost 1000 that are unaccounted for if I remember right. I saw a mock up of one of them somewhere and I want to say it was at the Ripley's believe it or not in Newport, Oregon, but I can't promise that's were I saw it. rupe
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    Default interesting discussion

    I was just at the Coos County Historical & Maritime Museum and they have a display regarding this. Also, if you are interested in Japanese attacks on the continental U.S. (did we learn about this in school? I don't remember!), Fort Stevens in Warrenton has information regarding sub attacks in the area and in Curry County there is a trail that has been dedicated that leads to a crater from a Japanese bombing and the pilot from Japan who dropped the bombs was made an honorary citizen of Brookings (I think it was Brookings) before his death. After his death, his daughter brought some of his ashes and spread them in the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danny_stoddard View Post
    (did we learn about this in school? I don't remember!)
    We sure weren't told anything about balloon bombs or Japanese subs when I was in school, perhaps they were too busy teaching us how to dig fallout shelters and how we could protect ourselves from nuclear explosions by hiding under our desks and covering our eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LauraA View Post
    We sure weren't told anything about balloon bombs or Japanese subs when I was in school, perhaps they were too busy teaching us how to dig fallout shelters and how we could protect ourselves from nuclear explosions by hiding under our desks and covering our eyes.
    I remember doing that, and seeing commercials on doing it as well. Times have changed, now we know it wouldn't have done much good if they had dropped the big one on us.
    I had no idea that a plane dropped a bomb in Oregon. Then they made him an honorary cititzen. HUM? Did they make any off our pilot honorary citizens over there? Doubtful.
    All I want is to not come up on any of these bombs while I'm out playing in the woods. Talk about ruining your day.
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    I learned some of the Japan attack stuff in school, but more from watching the History and Military channels. There were a few attacks up North around Alaska even.
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    They took over one of the Islands up there in Alaska on the end of the Aluetions (sp) But we won it back. That was one of the reasons that the Al-can highway was build in case they came over that way. There is a great PBS show on the building of the Al-can, wow what a feat!. Even though it's paved now, I would sure like to drive it someday and then head up to Prudoe Bay. My Father in law drove truck during the building of the pipeline. Now he has got some stories. rupe
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    There was also an attack down here in So Cal.....near santa barbara when a jap sub shelled an oil refinery.......

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    Sure is alot of stuff they didn't teach us in school isn't there? Wonder how much more they have keeped from us? It seems like a little more each year comes out. Sure is interesting to learn about all this. I see alot of things on PBS that I didn't know. Great stuff. rupe
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