Pages of History: U.S. confirms bomb dropped near Brookings

By Nita Phillips, The Triplicate September 28, 2012 05:27 pm

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, September 1942.

Del Norte County residents are still somewhat dazed aver the startling news that Japanese bombs were dropped in the hills back of Brookings; in fact there seems to be considerable  skepticism as to the authenticity of the reported attack, the first aerial bombardment of the continental United States.

The bombing took place on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 9, but news of the attack was not officially released until the following Monday. However the Western Defense Command at San Francisco has issued a communiqué on the bombing, and fragments of the bomb itself have been recovered and are now in possession of U.S. Army authorities.


The Western Defense Command issued this release Monday night:

“The Western Defense Command is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of what appears to have been an incendiary bomb. These fragments were found by personnel of the United States Forestry Service near Mount Emily, nine miles northeast of Brookings, Oregon. Markings of the bomb fragments indicate that the missile was of Japanese origin.”  

Longing for old DN days

Among the Triplicate’s many friends who are now doing their bit in the war industry is Frank Andrews, former president of the local lumber workers union, who is now at San Diego following the building trades. Although he is clear down by the Mexican border, Frank still has a warm spot in his heart for old Del Norte and hopes, one of these days when this national emergency is over, to return here and again settle down to ranching.

In a post card message, Frank sends regards to his many friends here, adding that San Diego is a madhouse. He is working nine hours a day, six days a week and may soon be sent on a building project in Mexico.

Among other former Crescent City residents now in San Diego is Myles Ellis, who is a major in the U. S. Armed Forces there. 

Wharf transfer considered

The City Council began an action Tuesday night, Sept. 8, at its regular meeting to transfer all the city’s rights to the harbor and waterfront to the Del Norte Harbor Commission.

This action was taken following a report by the council’s wharf committee, Melton Nielsen and O.R. Griffin, recommending that the transfer be made in order to give the commission full jurisdiction.

Nielsen reported it would be necessary to place all responsibility of the harbor under one head in order to secure funds from the RFC with which to buy, repair and operate as a public enterprise the old Hobbs, Wall wharf. 

The council adopted a resolution drawn up on the spot by John L. Childs, who was present at the meeting on behalf of the fishermen. A special meeting of the City Council is slated for this weekend when the legal transfer will be made. 

It was reported at the council session that two of the three harbor commissioners were desirous of accomplishing the new set-up at once and were anxious to start negotiations for the RFC land and purchase of the wharf, while the third member still did not consider the duty of the commission  anything pertaining to the harbor as such.

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