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By Lou Marzeles



January 8, 2020

Here's a bit of history you probably didn't know: Goldendale was bombed by the Japanese during World War II.

It didn't come from planes, and there was no explosion. Rather, the attack came from a Japanese balloon bomb.

There were 285 such bombs released by Japan during the war. They were affixed to hot-air balloons, set aloft at altitudes where they could be caught by the jet stream and pulled eastward from Japan across the Pacific, to alight where the whims of wind took them and, the Japanese hoped, blow things and people up.

The bombs actually accounted for the only fatalities incurred by Japan on American mainland soil during the war, when one bomb landed in Bly, Oregon, and killed six...

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