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Shrapnel Tree
Photographer: Douglass Halvorsen
Taken: June 24, 2012
Caption: Shrapnel Tree
Additional Description:
Pinus ponderosa

When a Japanese balloon bomb exploded at this site, Elsie Mitchell and her Sunday school class of five children, out on an early spring fishing outing, were killed. They were the only World War II casualties to occur on the North American continent as a result of enemy action. Standing as a silent witness to the tragedy, this Ponderosa pine still shows signs of shrapnel damage from the explosion and from efforts to remove the shrapnel fragments.


Plaque funded by a grant from the Oregon Dept. of Forestry and USDA Forest Service

Submitted: January 11, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Database Locator Identification Number: p411898
File Size: 1.629 Megabytes

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