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By Finn J.D. John
For The Creswell Chronicle 

If Japan had invaded, the Tillamook Guerillas would've been ready

Offbeat Oregon History


March 15, 2018

Image-Oregon Historical Society

A line of Tillamook Guerilla Rifle Club members practice taking up a battle position behind a berm in March 1942, in this photo by an Oregon Journal photographer.

Early 1942 was a really nerve-racking time to be an Oregonian - especially if you lived on the coast.

The United States had just gone to war against a country that was already famous for being able to deliver large amounts of force anywhere within 600 miles of its aircraft carriers. No other country in the world, at that time, was better at surprise attacks; and no other country in the world could bring those attacks to bear farther away from its home shores.

So although Japan itself was thousands of miles away on the other side of the Pacific, there was a real sense in coastal Oregon and...

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