A wish ful­filled

Cousin and name­sake of USS Trux­tun vic­tim makes do­na­tion on fam­ily’s be­half

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL - BY CYN­THIA FAR­RELL SPE­CIAL TO THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

ST. LAWRENCE, NL – Ken­neth Pravit vis­ited St. Lawrence this month to ful­fill a wish his aunt asked of him be­fore she died.

Pravit’s cousin Ken­neth Landry, one of his aunt’s three chil­dren, lost his life on the USS Trux­tun when the Amer­i­can navy ship ran aground off the Burin Penin­sula on Feb 18, 1942.

Sev­eral years later, Ken­neth Pravit was born and his par­ents named him after his late cousin.

Since his aunt asked him to visit the Cham­ber Cove site and make a pre­sen­ta­tion on her be­half be­fore her death, “what bet­ter time to visit the site than on the un­veil­ing of the USS Trux­tun and USS Pol­lux memo­rial mon­u­ment,” Pravit said.

Pravit, who lives in Crow­ley, La., pre­sented a framed paint­ing of the Trux­tun and a mon­e­tary do­na­tion to the St. Lawrence Ad­vi­sory His­tor­i­cal Com­mit­tee.

The gift was re­ceived by chair­per­son Lau­rella Stacey and Wayde Rowsell, a knowl­edge­able his­to­rian and for­mer mayor of St. Lawrence.

The com­mit­tee thanked Pravit and the Landry fam­ily for their gen­er­ous gifts, along with all those in the past who have do­nated to the mon­u­ment.

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