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Brookings, Oregon: Samurai Sword of Pilot Who Bombed Oregon Team Field Report

Chetco Community Public Library

405 Alder St., Brookings, OR
Chetco Community Public Library. Southeast side of town. From US Hwy 101 turn south onto Alder St. and drive two blocks. You'll see the library on the right.
M-Sa 10-5, some later hours. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Samurai sword of pilot who bombed Oregon.

Samurai Sword of Pilot Who Bombed Oregon

A forest near Brookings was firebombed by a Japanese pilot in World War II. He later visited and gave it his 400-year-old family Samurai sword. It's now displayed in the town library. Report... [12/04/2016]

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September 9th -- an auspicious date.

Nobuo Fujita Visits (1942), Re-Visits (1962) Oregon

On September 9, 1942, Nobuo Fujita became the only Japanese soldier to bomb the American mainland in World War II (He flew from an offshore submarine, and the bombs' only victims were trees). Twenty years later, Fujita returned to the nearest town of his attack, Brookings, Oregon, invited by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He presented his ancestral samurai sword -- which he'd had with him in his attack plane -- as a token of friendship. Fujita's 1997 New York Times obituary claimed that he planned to kill himself with the sword if the townspeople were still mad at him. They weren't, he didn't, and the sword is proudly displayed in the Brookings library.

[ Team, 09/09/2022]

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