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27 May 1885

United States
23 Oct 1913

United States
19 Oct 1916

United States
2 Aug 1934

Photo(s) dated 2 Aug 1934
USS New Orleans passing through the open Burnside Drawbridge in Portland, Oregon, United States, 2 Aug 1934. New Orleans was escorting USS Houston (left) which brought President Franklin Roosevelt to Oregon.USS New Orleans arriving in Portland, Oregon, United States passing under the St Johns Bridge on the Willamette River, 2 Aug 1934. She was escorting USS Houston which had President Franklin Roosevelt on board.
20 Apr 1941

Photo(s) dated 20 Apr 1941
Battleship Oregon in the Willamette River at Portland, Oregon, United States, 20 Apr 1941Battleship Oregon in the Willamette River, Portland, Oregon, United States, 20 Apr 1941
19 May 1941

United States
18 Dec 1941

United States
  • Japanese submarine I-25 detected the darkened 8,000-ton Union Oil tanker SS L.P. St. Clair off the mouth of the Columbia River, Oregon. I-25 fired a single torpedo and a column of fire was observed but the tanker was undamaged. ww2dbase [Japanese Attacks on the Continental United States | Oregon | DS]
19 Dec 1941

United States
27 Dec 1941

United States
  • Japanese submarine I-25 shelled unarmed American tanker Connecticut about 10 miles west of the mouth of the Columbia River off the American states of Oregon and Washington. ww2dbase [Oregon | CPC]
28 Dec 1941

United States
  • The 8,600-ton tanker SS Connecticut suffered an explosion off Cape Disappointment at the mouth of the Columbia River, Washington. To keep the ship from sinking, her captain beached her and the vessel was later salvaged. This was reported as a torpedo attack by a Japanese submarine but the Japanese submarines had already left the area and there are no Japanese records corresponding with this. ww2dbase [Oregon | DS]
  • The 8,600-ton tanker SS Connecticut suffered an explosion off Cape Disappointment at the mouth of the Columbia River, Washington. To keep the ship from sinking, her captain beached her and the vessel was later salvaged. This was reported as a torpedo attack by a Japanese submarine but the Japanese submarines had already left the area and there are no Japanese records corresponding with this. ww2dbase [Japanese Attacks on the Continental United States | Oregon | DS]
12 Mar 1942

United States
  • In the United States, The Portland Branch of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank Evacuee Property Department was established in response to President Franklin Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066. The branch was to assist Japanese-Americans in disposing property holdings and to protect against fraud, forced sales, and unscrupulous creditors. ww2dbase [Internment of Japanese-Americans and Japanese-Canadians | Portland, Oregon | CPC]
28 Mar 1942

United States
  • Minoru Yasui deliberately broke the curfew in Portland, Oregon, United States by walking around the downtown area after 2000 hours. When a policean on the street refused to arrest him, he presented himself at a police station at 2300 hours, and was prompted charged with violating the curfew. ww2dbase [Minoru Yasui | Portland, Oregon | CPC]
1 Apr 1942

United States
14 Jun 1942

United States
21 Jun 1942

United States
  • Japanese submarine I-25 approached close to the Oregon shoreline, careful to avoid any minefields by following some fishing boats. I-25 arrived within 1,100 yards of the mouth of the Columbia River. Intending to shoot over the Clatsop Spit and shell the Navy’s Tongue Point seaplane base at Astoria, Oregon, I-25 fired 17 rounds from her deck gun, but the shells fell well short and landed in undeveloped areas of Fort Stevens. This was Japan’s second and last naval bombardment of the continental United States during World War II. [Apparently, I-25's navigator was relying on an antiquated map of the area which showed a submarine and destroyer base on Tongue Point. Such a base was completed in 1924, but never used. In 1942, the military presence on Tongue Point was as a Navy seaplane base servicing a squadron of PBY Catalina patrol planes.] ww2dbase [Japanese Attacks on the Continental United States | Warrenton, Oregon | CPC]
  • Karl Bendetsen toured the Portland Assembly Center in Oregon, United States. ww2dbase [Portland Assembly Center | Karl Bendetsen | Portland, Oregon | CPC]
1 Jul 1942

United States
7 Sep 1942

United States
9 Sep 1942

United States
  • The Lookout Air Raid: After some time waiting submerged off Oregon, United States, Japanese submarine I-25 launched her E14Y aircraft, flown by Pilot Chief Warrant Officer Nobuo Fujita and crewman Petty Officer Shoji Okuda, shortly after dawn. The aircraft was spotted by the Americans as it crossed the coast. It dropped two incendiary bombs in a forest near Brookings, Oregon at 0600 hours; this attack was the first of only two aerial bombing against the United States during WWII. En route back to the submarine, the aircraft spotted two merchant ships. After recovering Fujita and Okuda, I-25 attempted to give chase to the two merchant ships, but US aircraft would force I-25 to abandon the attack and submerge. ww2dbase [Japanese Attacks on the Continental United States | Nobuo Fujita | Mount Emily, Oregon | TH, CPC]
23 Sep 1942

United States Photo(s) dated 23 Sep 1942
President Franklin Roosevelt touring the Kaiser Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation, Portland, Oregon, United States, 23 Sep 1942. Photo 1 of 2.President Franklin Roosevelt touring the Kaiser Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation, Portland, Oregon, United States, 23 Sep 1942. Photo 2 of 2.Splattered with champaign, Anna Boettiger (daughter of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt) has just christened Liberty-ship SS Joseph N. Teal at Oregon Shipbuilding, Portland, Oregon, United States, 23 Sep 1942.
29 Sep 1942

United States
4 Oct 1942

United States
  • Just after dawn off Coos Bay, Oregon, Japanese submarine I-25 was running on the surface recharging her batteries when lookouts spotted the 6,700-ton Shell Oil tanker SS Camden dead in the water. Camden was on her way from San Pedro, California to Portland, Oregon with 76,000 barrels of oil and gasoline but had stopped to make some repairs to her engine. I-25 submerged and lined up for a torpedo attack. Two torpedoes were fired, the first missed but the second struck Camden’s bow igniting her forward fuel tank. One man jumped overboard and was lost, Camden’s only casualty in the attack. Camden’s crew abandoned ship and the tanker settled by the bow. I-25 withdrew but Camden remained afloat. Camden’s crew was rescued later in the day by a passing ship. Down-by-the-bow Camden was taken under tow but as she was approaching Seattle, Washington four days later, fire broke out once again and the ship sank. ww2dbase [Japanese Attacks on the Continental United States | Coos Bay, Oregon | DS]
6 Oct 1942

United States
  • After sunset off Cape Sebastian, Oregon, Japanese submarine I-25 made a torpedo attack on the 7,000-ton Richfield Oil tanker SS Larry Doheny en route from Long Beach, California to Portland, Oregon with 66,000 barrels of oil. I-25 fired one torpedo but missed. The submarine surfaced and began a stern chase in the darkness. I-25 briefly lost sight of the darkened ship and when the ship reappeared, I-25 was right on top of the tanker. Another torpedo was fired that ran for only 18 second before exploding against the ship opening a 14-foot hole in the hull. With I-25 so close, the explosion also shook the submarine and showered her decks with fragments. Six men aboard Larry Doheny were killed and a massive fire raged on board. The 40 remaining crew abandoned ship before it sank. I-25 withdrew and headed north. The survivors of Larry Doheny’s crew were rescued the following morning. ww2dbase [Japanese Attacks on the Continental United States | Cape Sebastian, Oregon | DS]
10 Oct 1942

United States
27 Aug 1943

United States
  • Casablanca-class escort carrier Coral Sea was placed in commission at Astoria, Oregon. ww2dbase [Anzio | Astoria, Oregon | CPC]
31 Aug 1943

United States
  • Corregidor was commissioned into service at Astoria, Oregon under the command of Captain R. L. Bowman. ww2dbase [Corregidor | Astoria, Oregon | CPC]
26 Jan 1944

United States
  • USS Marcus Island was commissioned into service at Astoria, Oregon, United States with Captain Charles F. Greber in command. ww2dbase [Marcus Island | Astoria, Oregon | CPC]
18 Feb 1944

United States
  • Escort carrier USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80) was commissioned with Captain Joseph L. "Paddy" Kane in command. ww2dbase [Petrof Bay | Astoria, Oregon | AC]
9 Mar 1944

United States
  • Casablanca-class escort carrier USS Sargent Bay was commissioned at Astoria, Oregon with Captain William T. Rassieur in command. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | Astoria, Oregon | CPC]
31 Mar 1944

United States
  • Casablanca-class escort carrier USS Sargent Bay departed Astoria, Oregon bound for Bremerton, Washington, United States. ww2dbase [Sargent Bay | Astoria, Oregon | DS]
4 Apr 1944

United States
  • USS Steamer Bay was commissioned at Astoria, Oregon with Captain Steadman Teller in command. ww2dbase [Steamer Bay | Astoria, Oregon | CPC]
31 Dec 1944

United States
22 Feb 1945

United States
  • A Japanese Fu-Go balloon bomb was discovered floating at 12,000-feet over Coos Bay, Oregon. It was shot down by Navy planes and parts of it were later recovered. ww2dbase [Coos Bay, Oregon | DS]
  • A Japanese Fu-Go balloon bomb was discovered floating at 12,000-feet over Coos Bay, Oregon. It was shot down by Navy planes and parts of it were later recovered. ww2dbase [Fu-Go | Coos Bay, Oregon | DS]
14 Mar 1945

Photo(s) dated 14 Mar 1945
Mar 1945 map showing the general arrangement of the Kaiser Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation yard, Portland, Oregon, United States.
5 May 1945

United States
  • A minister from Bly, Oregon, United States, his pregnant wife, and five children from their Sunday School class ages 11 to 14 traveled to Gearhart Mountain a short distance east of Bly for an outing. As the minister was parking his car, his wife called to him that the children had found something. Almost instantly, a bomb exploded killing all six onlookers. Analysis revealed they were killed by a Japanese 15kg anti-personnel bomb from a Fu-Go balloon. These six fatalities were the only Americans killed by enemy action in the continental US during World War II. This incident also led to the lifting of the press blackout concerning the balloon bombs and prompted a well-publicized educational effort to warn people about the hazards of handling Japanese balloons or their components. ww2dbase [Fu-Go | Japanese Attacks on the Continental United States | Bly, Oregon | DS]
23 Dec 1948

Photo(s) dated 23 Dec 1948
N3N-3 aircraft of US Department of Agriculture Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine at rest, Portland, Oregon, United States, 23 Dec 1948
3 Sep 1997

United States
29 Jun 2014

Photo(s) dated 29 Jun 2014
The former PT-658, a 78-foot Higgins boat, restored to factory fresh status by

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