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Photographer: Douglass Halvorsen
Taken: June 24, 2012
Caption: Shrapnel Tree
Additional Description: MITCHELL MONUMENT
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.
OREGON HERITAGE TREE
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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