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    Default Article: The Brookings Sword - Brookings, Oregon


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    It's sort of amazing that this happened at all. What I wonder is how did Nobuo Fujita get back to Japan? What sort of ship did he launch from to even reach the coast?

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    Fujita flew a Yokosuka E14Y from a B-1 type submarine, which allowed for recovery at sea and return to Japan.

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    Whoa, that was some interesting reading -- Amazing that anyone could survive that kind of mission

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    As I recall, he'd been scheduled to participate in the attack on Pearl Harbor, but was unable to because of a plane malfunction. Heaven knows how wracked with guilt he would have been over that! Apparently, he'd intended to commit suicide with his sword if the citizens of Brookings were hostile toward him. Instead, there was a long friendship with them, and he even sponsored scholarships in Japan for several American students.

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