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

Kenneth Pravit, left, presented a framed painting of the USS Truxtun to St. Lawrence Advisory Historical Committee chairperson Laurella Stacey and former St. Lawrence mayor and historian Wayde Rowsell. Pravit’s cousin, Kenneth Landry, was killed when the American navy ship sank off the Burin Peninsula on Feb. 18, 1942.
Kenneth Pravit, left, presented a framed painting of the USS Truxtun to St. Lawrence Advisory Historical Committee chairperson Laurella Stacey and former St. Lawrence mayor and historian Wayde Rowsell. Pravit’s cousin, Kenneth Landry, was killed when the American navy ship sank off the Burin Peninsula on Feb. 18, 1942.

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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