Lanier Phillips, survivor of 1942 disaster, dies at 88
Newfoundland rescue opened horizons, inspired civil rights activism
Posted: Mar 12, 2012 5:27 PM NT
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2012 6:41 PM NT
Lanier Phillips, a black U.S. serviceman who has credited his 1942 rescue off Newfoundland as transforming his life and igniting a passion for civil rights, died Monday. He was 88.
Phillips, who would have turned 89 on Wednesday, passed away at a military retirement home in Gulfport, Miss.