Japan: The Warrior's Promise

The Warrior's Promise

Brookings, Ore. (pop. 5,000), was the only community on the U.S. mainland to be bombed during World War II. The town is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the war's end in equally unique fashion: this week three Brookings high school students will tour Japan as guests of the pilot who flew the missions.

For former Imperial Japanese Navy Pilot Nobuo Fujita, 73, the youngsters' visit fulfills a long-standing promise. In September 1942, Fujita flew two raids over Brookings in a tiny seaplane, dropping incendiary bombs in an unsuccessful effort to ignite the surrounding thick forests. Twenty years later, the Brookings Junior...

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