Lanier Phillip's Newfoundland story

Lanier Phillips
Lanier Phillips, 1940s

Lanier Phillips,was an American with an amazing story tied to Canada. In 1942, Phillips was a U.S. Navy seaman whose life was changed forever by the kindness he experienced from the people of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland.
Lanier Phillips died March 12th, 2012. He was 88 years old. Just a month before his death, Lanier Phillips visited the Canadian village that changed his life one last time. 70 years later, he insisted on climbing the steep cliff where he’d landed after surviving the wreck of the USS Truxton in 1942.

Victor Nerenberg tells us the story



  1. I am so proud that I am a decendent of Newfoundland. Both my parents were born their. To this day the Newfoundlanders are wonderful people. They don’t have hatred for any person. After 911 when planes were instructed not to land in the New York Area, they went to Newfoundland and the people open their hearts and homes to all the passengers. Anyone who goes there can’t help but fall in love with the people.

  2. Mary Burke says:

    It was an honor to have him visit our Province 70 years later. He is a treasure to the NL people, and very dear to our hearts. Take care Mr. Phillips. xo

  3. Lilian Jefford says:

    Saw this story awhile back on television.
    It was an amazing story. Too bad all people can’t be this nice!!!!!!

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