“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, 2017
1. Japanese Attack Marker
Inscription.  Near this site, at 7:07 P.M., February 23, 1942, the California coast at Ellwood received the first naval bombardment of the United States mainland since the War of 1812.
Erected 1967 by Native Sons of the Golden West.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 34° 25.826′ N, 119° 54.439′ W. Marker is in Goleta, California, in Santa Barbara County. Marker can be reached from Hollister Avenue west of Cathedral Oaks Road, on the left when traveling west. At the Sandpiper Golf Club, south of the clubhouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7925 Hollister Ave, Goleta CA 93117, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Goleta Depot (approx. 3.2 miles away); Earle Ovington Terminal (approx. 4.1 miles away); Cold Springs Tavern (approx. 7.4 miles away); Old Stagecoach Route (approx. 7.7 miles away); Hope House
Japanese Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, 2017
2. Japanese Attack Marker
(approx. 7.8 miles away); Don Jose Francisco De Ortega (approx. 11.1 miles away); Moorish Fountain and Indian Community Laundry (approx. 11.1 miles away); Juana Maria (approx. 11.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goleta.
Regarding Japanese Attack. The Japanese government ordered a submarine to shell the California coast during President Roosevelt's radio speech. Captain Kozo Nishino was a naval reserve officer who, before the war, had commanded a merchant ship that stopped at Ellwood Oil Field to take on a cargo of oil. His attack damaged a derrick, pump house, pier, and catwalk. After 20 minutes, the gunners ceased fire and the submarine sailed away. Even though he caused only minor damage, Nishino had achieved his purpose, which was to spread fear along the American west coast.

Oil production at this site ended in 1965, and the golf club was developed in 1972.
Also see . . .
1. The Shelling of Ellwood ( (Submitted on September 6, 2019.)
2. Japanese Sub attacks Oilfield (American Oil and Gas Historical Society). (Submitted on September 6, 2019.)
Categories. War, World II

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 1, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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