Charles Nelson was a Coal Passer, who lost his life on July 21, 1905 on the explosion of the U.S.S. Bennington. He’s buried in Plot BM, 42 at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California.
Coal Passers – A new rating was established to accommodate the ranks of men assigned the rugged task of shoveling coal on board ship: the Coal Passer (Reference for definition Steel Navy).
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