Mitchell Memorial

This memorial commemorates the attack with a Japanese Fu-Go bomb balloon on a group of children and their supervisors during a picknick on 5 May 1945. The bomb explosion killed 5 children and 1 adult. They are the only war death on the American continent caused by enemy fire during the Second World War. The text on the memorial reads:

"IN MEMORY OF

ELSIE MITCHELL AGE 26
DICK PATZKE AGE 14
JAY GIFFORD AGE 13
EDWARD ENGEN AGE 13
JOAN PATZKE AGE 13
SHERMAN SHOENMAKER AGE 11

WHO DIED HERE
MAY 5, 1945
BY
JAPANESE BOMB EXPLOSION

ONLY PLACE ON THE AMERICAN CONTINENT WHERE DEATH RESULTED FROM ENEMY ACTION DURING WWII."

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