“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Goleta in Santa Barbara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Japanese Attack

Japanese Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, 2016
1. Japanese Attack Marker
On February 23, 1942, at 7:00 PM, during one of President Roosevelt's Fireside Chats, the Japanese submarine I-17 shelled this Richfield Oil Field site with 25 5-inch rounds. Not since the War of 1812 had the U.S. mainland been attacked by a foreign power.
Erected by Goleta Valley Historical Society and Bacara Resort & Spa. (Marker Number 3.)
Location. 34° 25.887′ N, 119° 54.972′ W. Marker is in Goleta, California, in Santa Barbara County. Marker can be reached from Hollister Avenue 0.6 miles west of Cathedral Oaks Road, on the left when traveling west. The marker is along the walk to the Beach House at Haskell’s Beach. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goleta CA 93117, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Japanese Attack (approx. half a mile away); Goleta Depot (approx. 3.7 miles away); Earle Ovington Terminal (approx. 4.6 miles away); Cold Springs Tavern (approx. 7.6 miles away); Old Stagecoach Route
Japanese Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, 2016
2. Japanese Attack Marker
(approx. 7.9 miles away); Hope House (approx. 8.3 miles away); Don Jose Francisco De Ortega (approx. 11.6 miles away); Moorish Fountain and Indian Community Laundry (approx. 11.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goleta.
Regarding Japanese Attack. Captain Kozo Nishino of the Japanese submarine I-17 was a naval reserve officer who, before the war, had commanded a merchant ship that stopped at this oil field to take on a cargo of oil. His 1942 attack damaged a derrick, pump house, pier, and catwalk. Even though he caused only minor damage, Nishino had achieved his purpose, which was to spread fear along the American West Coast.
Also see . . .
1. Bombardment of Ellwood. (Submitted on December 8, 2019.)
2. The Battle of Los Angeles. (Submitted on December 8, 2019.)
3. Japanese submarine I-17. (Submitted on December 8, 2019.)
Categories. War, World IIWaterways & Vessels

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 69 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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