Remembering the Truxtun and the Pollux

Published on February 20, 2012
Truxton and Pollux

Published on 20 February 2012

Cmder. John Ferguson of the USS Truxtun tosses a wreath over the cliffs of Chambers Cove out to sea. In the insert, top right, the wreath floats in the waters of Chambers Cove. — Photos by Cynthia Farrell/Special to The Telegram

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Capt. Stephen Jordan, representing the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, lays a wreath during a ceremony remembering the USS Truxtun and Pollux, while chief warrant officer two Brad Peck looks on.

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St. Lawrence Mayor Wayde Rowsell and Deputy Mayor Kate Edwards lay a wreath during a ceremony Saturday.

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RCMP officers lead a Canadian Forces marching band through town during ceremonies to remember the USS Truxtun and Pollux.

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Philip Parkerson points out to his son, Nick, where the USS Truxtun was destroyed. Parkerson’s uncle was a signalman.

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Remembering the Truxtun and Pollux 70th anniversary.

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Marking the 70th anniversary of the Truxtun and Pollux naval disasters.

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Capt. Stephen Jordan lays a wreath during a ceremony at Chambers Cove, Saturday.

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Lanier Philips (right) and rescuer Levi Pike chat while standing above the cliffs of Chambers Cove while others attending the ceremony look on.

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USS Navy Command Master Chief Paulette Brock and Chief Warrant Officer Two Brad Peck, both of the USS Truxtun, fold a 48-star flag during a ceremony Saturday.

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Lanier Philips points to the USS Truxtun while talking to Nick Parkerson about his great uncle and signalman, Clifford Parkerson.

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Saturday marked the 70th anniversary of one of the worst naval disasters in U.S. history.  But for the people of Lawn and St. Lawrence it also marked the stubborn resilience and courage of  the people of the two towns, who worked tirelessly to save the lives of American naval officers and crew aboard two ships, the USS Truxtun and the USS Pollux after they were  ran aground against the rocks in Lawn Point and Chambers Cove Feb. 18, 1942.

There were 186 survivors out of the  203 people on board. The two ships were lost.

The two communities remembered the disaster and the bravery that followed Saturday with Truxtun survivor Lanier Phillips, 88, and several relatives of the survivors. Two of the original rescuers,Gus Etchegary and Levi Pike, also took part in events.

A multi-denominational memorial service was followed by wreath-laying ceremony at the cliffs of Chambers Cove.

A play “Colorblind” written about Philips and performed by the Blues Players of St.Lawrence Academy concluded the commemoration.

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