COAST GUARD BEACH

Program
NYS Historic
Subject
Site
Location
160 Atlantic Avenue, Amagansett, NY 11930, USA
Lat/Long
40.970484, -72.12552699999998
Grant Recipient
Amagansett Life-Saving and Coast Guard Station Society
Historic Marker

COAST GUARD BEACH

Inscription

COAST GUARD BEACH
U.S. LIFE-SAVING STATION
BUILT IN 1902. IN JUNE 1942
GUARDSMAN JOHN CULLEN
DISCOVERED FOUR GERMAN
SABOTEURS ON THIS BEACH.
WILLIAM G. POMEROY FOUNDATION 2018

Located on the coast of Long Island is the hamlet of Amagansett. In 1902 a state of the art U.S. Lifesaving Service Station was established here for the purpose of rescuing sailors. The U.S. Life Saving Service became the United States Coast Guard, tasked with the responsibility of rescuing sailors, aiding ships in distress, and protecting our nation’s shores. During World War II, Coast Guard stations along the coast of Long Island were on high alert for German attacks or invasions.

In early June of 1942, under the cover of heavy fog, a group of Nazi saboteurs landed on Amagansett Beach, also known as Coast Guard Beach.  Their mission was to wreak havoc and sabotage factories geared toward the war effort. Fortunately the plot was uncovered before it even began. Guardsman John Cullen discovered the four German soldiers on the beach. Despite their attempt to bribe Cullen, he alerted his superiors about the suspicious activity. The Coast Guard investigated. They found the landing site and uncovered discarded German uniforms and boxes of explosives buried on the beach. The would-be saboteurs were later apprehended and the plot was exposed.

This station still stands today, fully restored. It serves the community as a museum, telling the history of the Amagansett U.S. Lifesaving Station/ Coast Guard Station and its role in stopping Nazi sabotage plot.


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