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Hamptons Exhibition Recounts Long Island’s Role In WWII

Elsie Boskamp

Amagansett Life Saving and Coast Guard Station. (Courtesy Photo)

The East Hampton Historical Society's newest exhibit, "June 13, 1942: Saboteurs Land in Amagansett," recounts four German spies on a mission of destruction, and the young coast guardsman who encountered them. The exhibition is currently on display at the Clinton Academy Museum, and is open to the public through Monday, October 13, 2014.

At a time where the bombing of Pearl Harbor shook the nation and the Nazi ideology threatened Germany and most of Europe, a team of German saboteurs and a dinghy filled with explosives landed in Amagansett. On a mission to destroy the U.S. production of military supplies intended for the Allies in Europe, the spies were stopped and captured thanks to the bravery of 21-year-old Seaman John Cullen, who spotted the group on the beach the night of June 13, 1942.

The exhibit includes uniforms, news clippings, an excerpt from the Nazi U-boat captain's log and various historical artifacts. Attendees will be taken on a journey through time where they will experience first hand the role that Long Island played in World War II.

Entry to the exhibit is free, however donations are appreciated.

The Clinton Academy Museum is located at 151 Main Street in East Hampton. For more information visit, www.easthamptonhistory.org.

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