USS Bennington Monument

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Coordinates: 32°41′23.72″N 117°14′39.96″W / 32.6899222°N 117.2444333°W / 32.6899222; -117.2444333

Dedication of the USS Bennington Monument, San Diego, California, 1908.

The USS Bennington Monument is a 60-foot (18 m) granite obelisk in the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma, San Diego, California, United States. It serves as a memorial to the crew of the USS Bennington (PG-4), a gunboat of the United States Navy, whose boiler exploded on the morning of 21 July 1905, in San Diego Bay.[1] The explosion showered the vessel with live steam and scalding water, killing 66 men (1 officer and 65 other sailors)[2][better source needed] and burning an additional 46. It was the worst peacetime disaster for the U.S. Navy up to that time.[3]

The dead were buried at Fort Rosecrans; some were later disinterred and shipped home for burial by their families.[3] The monument at the site of the graves was dedicated three years later, on 7 January 1908.

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