Monday, February 23, 2009

Japanese Sub Attack of Santa Barbara - 1942

February 23, 1942 - The first attack on the U.S. mainland occurred as a lone Japanese submarine fired perhaps 25 shells at an oil refinery near Santa Barbara, California, causing minor damage. The submarine, Navy's submarine I-17, under the command of Commander Nishino Kozogot got safely away. There is an interesting point of view that Kozogot picked this oil refinery because before the war he had command of an oil tanker and after docking at the Ellwood Oil Field had walked up a path where he slipped and fell on a prickly-pear cactus. As the quills were being removed from his rear end the oil drilling crew laughed at him, so he swore revenge.

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