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Klamath Falls, Oregon: Japanese Balloon Bomb Victim Graves

In May 1945, a balloon bomb -- launched from Japan and landing in Oregon -- went off and killed a group of Sunday school picnickers. Three of the children are buried in Klamath Falls.

Linkville Pioneer Cemetery

Upham St., Klamath Falls, OR
Linkville Pioneer Cemetery, Upham and East Streets, Block 32.
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Detail of grave of three teenagers killed by an enemy balloon bomb in 1945.

Japanese Balloon Bomb Victim Graves

This is an untold story in history. Before today I had no idea the balloon bombing took place.

[Brrappninja, 09/02/2019]

Balloon bomb victims.

Japanese Balloon Bomb Victim Graves

On May 5, 1945, a balloon bomb launched by Japan exploded after a group of picnickers approached it on the ground northeast of Bly, Oregon. The detonation killed six people -- five Sunday school children and the pregnant wife of a minister. The US government didn't officially warn citizens about the threat of the bombs until a few weeks later.

Three of the dead are buried at Linkville Pioneer Cemetery in Klamath Falls -- the inscription on the headstone says "All killed by enemy balloon bomb."

[Jennifer E, 12/10/2011]

The six killed that day were the only US mainland casualties of World War II's Pacific conflict.

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