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Goleta, California: Japanese Sub Attack Mementoes (Gone)

On a foray into American waters in 1942, a WWII Japanese sub ineffectually shelled an oil refinery near the coast town of Goleta. A museum exhibit and historical marker recount the nearly forgotten incident.

History Education Center at Rancho La Patera

The exhibit is in the History Education Center at Rancho La Patera, owned by the Goleta Valley Historical Society. US Hwy 101 exit 107. Drive north on Los Carneros Rd for a half-mile, then turn right at the old train depot and drive to the parking lot.
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Goleta, California - Avenge Ellwood! The Day The Japanese Attacked California
Japanese Sub Attack of 1942:

During World War II, the Japanese really wanted to threaten the US mainland, thousands of miles from the fracas in Japan's conquered territories.

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