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Ponte Vedra Beach in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

World War II Operation Pastorius / St. Johns County

Nazi Saboteurs Landed Here

 
 
World War II Operation Pastorius Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 10, 2012
1. World War II Operation Pastorius Marker
Inscription.
World War II Operation Pastorius
Nazi Saboteurs Landed Here
On the night of June 16, 1942, German U-boat U-584 landed four trained Nazi agents here dressed as American civilians. After burying four boxes containing explosives and incendiaries in the sand, they boarded a bus en route to New York to rendezvous with another team of saboteurs. Two members of the New York team betrayed the operation to the FBI. All were apprehended, tried and convicted. The informers went to prison and the others were electrocuted on August 8, 1942.

St. Johns County
On July 21, 1821, Major General Jackson, Florida's first Territorial Governor, established St. Johns County, with St. Augustine as the county seat. It contained all of Florida east of the Suwannee River, approximately 39,400 square miles, with over 1,100 miles of coastline. Since 1821, more than 2/3 of Florida's present 67 counties have been carved from St. Johns County's original boundaries reducing our County to 609 square miles.
 
Erected 1989 by The Beaches Area Historical Society, Inc. In Cooperation With The Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-326.)
 
Location. 30° 14.529′ N, 81° 
St. Johns County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 10, 2012
2. St. Johns County Marker
22.72′ W. Marker is in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on Ponte Vedra Blvd. (State Road 203), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. located in front of Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Ponte Vedra Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach FL 32082, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps and Station (approx. 3.3 miles away); First Settlers At Ruby, Florida (approx. 3.3 miles away); Doolittle's 1922 Record Flight (approx. 3.3 miles away); Porter Wood Burning Locomotive (approx. 3.3 miles away); SS Gulfamerica (approx. 3.6 miles away); Fort San Diego (approx. 5.5 miles away); 30 8' North Latitude (approx. 8.9 miles away); Jean Ribaut (approx. 11.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ponte Vedra Beach.
 
Also see . . .
1. About uboat.net; German saboteur landings in June 1942. Shortly after he declared war on the United States on Dec 11, 1941 Adolf Hitler wanted to show Americans that they were not safe inside their borders even so far from the battlefields of Europe. He ordered a sabotage operation against targets inside America and Abwehr, the defence intelligence unit, got the job. (Submitted on July 11, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
St. Johns County Marker side seen looking south along Ponte Vedra Blvd. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 10, 2012
3. St. Johns County Marker side seen looking south along Ponte Vedra Blvd.
 

2. Operation Pastorius. Their mission was to stage sabotage attacks on American economic targets: hydroelectric plants at Niagara Falls;the Aluminum Company of America's plants in Illinois, Tennessee, and New York; locks on the Ohio River near Louisville, Kentucky; the Horseshoe Curve, a crucial railroad pass near Altoona, Pennsylvania, as well as the Pennsylvania Railroad's repair shops at Altoona; a cryolite plant in Philadelphia; Hell Gate Bridge in New York; and Pennsylvania Station in Newark, New Jersey. They were given a quick course in sabotage techniques, given nearly $175,000 in American money and put aboard two submarines to land on the east coast of the U.S. (Submitted on July 11, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. World War II Operation Pastorius
This story has been shown on the History Channel many times,...most recently on the Military Channel... Secrets of World War II
    — Submitted July 12, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

2. - Fate of the German U-boat U-584
... Sunk 31 Oct, 1943 in the North Atlantic, in position 49.14N, 31.55W, by a Fido homing torpedo
Newly restored World War II Operation Pastorius side of marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, April 8, 2016
4. Newly restored World War II Operation Pastorius side of marker
from 3 Avenger aircraft (VC-9) of the US escort carrier USS Card. 53 dead (all hands lost).
    — Submitted July 12, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

3. - German U-boat U-202
...The boat left Brest, France on a very special patrol on 27 May 1942. On 12 June, after crossing the Atlantic submerged by day and surfaced by night, they landed a saboteur team of 4 men on Long Island, USA as part of Operation Pastorius. This was one of two such teams landed within a week of each other on the US east coast, the other came aboard U-584. This was intended to be the first of many such operations.
Fate of the U-202 Sunk at 0030 hrs on 2 June, 1943 south-east of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 56.12N, 39.52W, by depth charges and gunfire from the British sloop HMS Starling. 18 dead and 30 survivors.
    — Submitted July 12, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

 
Additional keywords. Spies,sabotage
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Newly restored St. Johns County side of marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, April 8, 2016
5. Newly restored St. Johns County side of marker
World War II Operation Pastorius / St. Johns County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 10, 2012
6. World War II Operation Pastorius / St. Johns County Marker
World War II Operation Pastorius Marker side (R) looking northbound Ponte Vedra Blvd. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 10, 2012
7. World War II Operation Pastorius Marker side (R) looking northbound Ponte Vedra Blvd.
at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, beachside villas seen here
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 780 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 11, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4, 5. submitted on April 8, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.   6, 7. submitted on July 11, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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