Historic Markers Across Florida

World War II-Operation Pastorius / St. Johns County

Marker ID: FLHM F-326
Location: C.R. 203, in front of Ponte Vedra Inn & Club.
County: Duval
Coordinates: N 30° 14.533    W 081° 22.732
  30.24221666    -81.37886666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM47RV


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.

Sponsored by The Beaches Area Historical Society, Inc. in Cooperation with the Florida Department of State - 1989


City: Jacksonville Beach, FL

German Spies Invade Ponte Vedra
Wikipedia - Operation Pastorius