Lyn Gauthier was born in September of 1800 in Quebec, Canada.
He was a Chief Boatswain’s Mate on the U.S.S. Bennington (PG-4). He was aboard the steel-hulled gunboat in the ship’s gear locker when excessive steam pressure caused a boiler explosion on July 21, 1905.
He ran below deck to release the lashing that connected the ship to its anchor and allowed the sinking gunboat to be beached by the tug Santa Fe. He was severely burned by breathing the scolding steam & died the next day at the age of 24.
He was buried in the Bennington Memorial section on July 23, 1905.
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