The Town of St. Lawrence on the Burin Peninsula is interested in designating a WWII era shipwreck as an International (i.e. Canada-US) Historic Park, to commemorate the role of the townspeople in rescuing the survivors of the two US Navy vessels, the Destroyer USS Truxton DD229 and the Supply Ship USS Pollux AKS 2.
On the evening of February 18, 1942, the Destroyer USS Truxton DD229 and the Supply Ship USS Pollux AKS 2 crashed ashore during a terrible winter storm at Chambers Cove and Lawn Point.
St. Lawrence and its surrounding area have a lengthy relationship with the U.S. Government because of this disaster. The U.S. Memorial Hospital, which opened in 1954, served the area for many years, The U.S. Memorial Health Centre replaces the U.S. Memorial Hospital.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Health and Safety Association and the Provincial Department of Labour have approved the sculpture “Echoes of Valour” as a war memorial and a worker’s memorial (civilian and military). It was dedicated August 2, 1992.
Heritage Foundation NL has designated the Iron Springs Mine and the USS Truxtun and USS Pollux Historic Wreck Sites as Municipal Heritage Sites.
Commemorative ceremonies were held October 8, 2007 at Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY, and October 9, 2007 at the East Coast War Memorial, Battery Park, NY, NY.
The new USS Truxtun DDG-103 was commissioned April 25, 2009 at Charleston, South Carolina.
Skip Cole, Director of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park, NB has prepared a positive report and recommendation re the development of an International Historic Park at St. Lawrence. This status is conferred by Act of Congress or by Presidential Proclamation.
Both the Government of Canada and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador support the concept of an International Historic Park.
Roles for Memorial University:
To help prepare the documentation necessary to support this request: a commemorative integrity statement and a management plan to promote the development and ensure the preservation and sustainability of an International Historic Park at St. Lawrence.