FIRST ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES MAINLAND

THIRD NIGHT LEAD UNDATED INTERNATIONAL

BY WILLIAM SMITH WHITE

ASSOCIATED PRESS WAR EDITOR

AN ENEMY SUBMARINE, PRESUMABLY JAPANESE, FIRED 25 SHELLS AT AN OIL REFINERY NEAR SANTA BARBARA,CALIF., LAST (MON) NIGHT JUST BEFORE (ABOUT THE TIME) PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT BEGAN HIS RADIO WAR REPORT TO THE NATION.

THIS WAS THE FIRST ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES MAINLAND IN THIS WAR.

SANTA BARABRA POLICE ANNOUNCED THE ATTACK.  NO CASUALTIES WERE REPORTED.

THE REFINERY ATTACKED WAS NEARGOLETA,CALIF., ABOUT SEVEN MILES NORTH OFSANTA BARBARA.  WHWN POLICE CONTACTED AN OFFICIAL THERE TO ASK ABOUT POSSIBLE DAMAGE, THE OFFICIAL WAS QUOTED AS SAYING:

“I DON’T KNOW. I’M TOO BUSY DODGING SHELLS.”

HOWEVER, IN LOS ANGELES WHICH WAS (HAD A RADIO) BLACKOUT ALONG WITH OTHER COASTAL CITIES, THE PRESIDENT OF THE COMPANT QWNING THE REFINERY SAID ONLY ONE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT WAS HIT IN THE SHELLING.  HE DID NOT IDENTIFY THE EQUIPMENT.

EYE-WITNESSES OF THE ATTACK SAID MOST OF THE SHELLS EXPLODED IN A FIELD AND ONE HURTLED ACROSS HIGHWAY 101 TO BURST IN THE FOOTHILLS BEYOND.

THE ATTACK OCCURRED AVOUT 7 P.M. PACIFIC TIME.

AS AN AFTERMATH OF THE SHELLING, THE RECEPTION OF THE PRESIDENTS SPEECH AT MANY POINTS ALONG THE COAST WAS BLACKED OUT AS RADIO STATIONS WENT OFF THE AIR.

ALTHOUGH THIS WAS THE FIRST ATTACK ON U.S. SOIL, THE FIRST IN THE HEMISPHERE OCCURRED A WEEK AGO YESTERDAY (MON) WHEN A SUBMARINE FIRED SHELLS INTO THE REFINERY TANK FARM ON THE DUTCH WEST INDIES ISLE OF ARUBA AS PART OF AN OFFENSIVE IN WHICH SEVERAL SHALLOW DRAFT TANKERS WERE SUNK IN THAT AREA OFF THE VENEZUELAN COAST. THE SHELL-FIRE CAUSED ONLY A DENT IN ONE OIL TANK ONARUBA.

THIS SUBMARINE MENANCE IN THE CARIBBEAN, UNDOUBTEDLY GERMAN-INSPIRED, APPARENTLY WAS CONTINUING BECAUSE THE CUBAN NAVY DEPARTMENT REPORTED LAST (MON) NIGHT THAT A 5,000-TON FREIGHTER HAD BEEN TROPEDOED AND SUNK OFF THESOUTHCUBANCOAST.

THE FIRST CASUALTIES SUFFERED ON AREMICAN SOIL FOLLOWED THE INITIAL ATTACK LAST WEEK ONARUBAWHEN FOUR DUTCHMAN WHO WERE DISMANTLING A SUPPOSEDLY “DUD” TORPEDO FOUND IN THE BEACH WERE KILLED BY THE EXPLOSION OF THE 18-FOOT LONG MISSLE.

 

FIRST ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES MAINLAND

FIRST ATTACK ON THE UNITED STATES MAINLAND