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II Pearl Harbor day, Friday, Dec. 7, drew large crowds to the opening Line bf Defense" exhibition. Film Pre ntad m" December 19 at. 7:30pro PG- 13 A Jml stml !l A)0 all aSeo For More l ton Call 310-510,-0179 of the Catalna Island Museum's "First Photo courtesy of Jennifer Leonhardi Museum exhibit reveals Island's role in OSS and maritime services STORY COURTESY OF THE CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM In honor of Pearl Harbor Day, Friday, Dec. 7, the Catalina Island Museum debuted its latest special exhibition highlighting the critical role Catalina Island played in the defense of our nation during World War II. "First Line of Defense: Cata- lina Island and World War II" re- veals topics that were previously unexplored by the museum, such as the covert operations of the Of- fice of Strategic Services at Toyon Bay and Howland's Landing, the hardships of Island residents and how various branches of the Unit- ed States military came to lease different portions of the Island for Islander Pet of the Week: Pecos Pecos Hobbs loves "fetch" and often the Hobbs family will tire out well before he does. Pecos is a surf dog and can often be seen "hang- ing eight" on the front of the pad- dle board while surfing with the Hobbs at Shark Harbor. He even leapt off the board once to greet a leopard sfiark face to face. He is named after Pecos Bill, a famous cowboy of western folklore. If you have a photo of your pet or a local favorite animal that you would like to be included in the Catalina Islander as Pet of the Week, send it tO us. You can email your high resolution photos along with a brief description of the animal to editor@ thecatalinaislander.com. Kellogg and his wife Nancy attend the opening of the Catalina Island Museum's "First Line of Defense" exhibit Richard Kellog was trained on Catalina Island Photo courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum. training and coastal defense op- erations. Museum patrons were fasci- nated by the maritime unit and Detachment 101 operations of the OSS and their contributions to the modern warfare tactics used to- day. "We are quite pleased with the number of museum members and visitors who attended the opening reception," said Devin Thompson, director of development and mem- bership at the museum. "Events like this demonstrate the value of membership in Cata- lina's only museum and over the course of the weekend we wel- comed 16 new members," Thomp- son said. Longtime museum members, Richard and Nancy Kellogg, were among the first through the door for the opening reception. Richard Kellogg is a World War II veteran who served in the United States Maritime Service and vivid- ly remembers his training on Cata- lina Island in 1943. According to Kellogg, the trainees learned sur- vival skills, such as how to swim through floating burning oil, life- boat procedures, jumping off of a 30-foot tower wearing a life jacket, exercises to gain strength and edu- cation on weaponry. Kellogg was specifically trained on how to operate and maintain engine room machinery. "It shows what actually hap- pened on the Island during World War II. We were not told of any other wartime activities occurring at other locations on the Island. Secrecy was always the name of the game during the war," Kellog said. Featuring photographs, top-se- cret weapons and recently declas- sified documents and color foot- age of trainees on the Island, this exhibition uncovers the stories of Island residents, soldiers and spies as they prepared for war on the "magic isle." "First Line of Defense" will run through April 28, 2013 and can only be viewed at the Catalina Island Museum. The Catalina Island Museum, its digital theater and store are lo- cated on the ground floor of Ava- lon's historic Casino and are open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, the mu- seum may be reached by phone at (310) 510-2414 or at its website: CatalinaMuseum.org. 8 ~, Friday, December 14, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER