Claude Stephenson was a Fireman Second Class on the U.S.S. Bennington. He was one of 66 crew members killed in one of the Navy’s worst peacetime disasters, when the U.S.S. Bennington boiler exploded on July 21, 1905.
He was 23 years old at the time of his death and is buried in the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma, California in the Bennington Monument.
The San Francisco Call (San Francisco, California) Sun, July 23, 1905. Page 29
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