On Feb. 18, 1942
More than 200 people lost their lives in the icy water off the south coast of Newfoundland during a winter storm on Feb.18, 1942.
The American naval ships USS Truxtun and USS Pollux, along with the USS Wilkes, were travelling to a military base in Argentia when they ran aground on jagged rocks of the coast.
The Truxtun, which was carrying 156 men, was trapped in Chambers Cove in St. Lawrence, and the Pollux, with 233 on board, was about a mile and a half away west of Lawn Point.
Both vessels were destroyed in the pounding waves.
Residents from the towns of St. Lawrence and Lawn spent hours pulling men from the icy waters. They rescued 186 sailors. One of those rescued was Lanier Phillips.
In the years after the rescue Phillips, who has since died, made several trips to the town.
His last visit was in February, 2011, just one month before he passed away. He was 88 years old.