Aug 24

Historic Site: Harbor View Memorial Park

Friday, August 24, 2018 2:46 PM

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While we recall the wreck of the USS Memphis (ACR-10) which occurred on August 29, 1916 killing 43 crew members, let’s remember a lesser known tragedy that occurred aboard the ship when she was known by her original name, Tennessee.

USS Tennessee Memorial, Harbor View Memorial Park, San Pedro, CA

USS Tennessee Memorial, Harbor View Memorial Park, San Pedro, CA

 

Inscription:

George Wood (-1908) Watertender U.S.

A Reinhold (-1908) M.M. 2.C.

S. W. Meek (-1908) F. 1.C.

E. C. Boccs (-1908)F. 2.C.

F. S. Maxfield (-1908)F. 2.C.

J. P. A. Carroll (-1908)F. 2.C.

E. J. Burns (-1908) C.P.

Died Heroically at Their Stations, In Line of Duty, USS Tennessee (ACR-10), June, 1908, Erected by Shipmates

Originally named USS Tennessee, Armored cruiser No. 10, was patrolling off the California coast at full speed on June 5, 1908 when she suffered a boiler tube explosion which killed seven men immediately following an inspection by the rear admiral in charge of the squadron. Their grieving crew members erected a memorial in their honor at San Pedro Cemetery which is now known as the Harbor View Memorial Park.

The USS Tennessee (ACR-10) in 1908 by Enrique Muller.

The USS Tennessee (ACR-10) in 1908 by Enrique Muller.

While looking for an image of the memorial, I ran across some further information about the cemetery and learned that it was formerly named the San Pedro Cemetery and was the only burial facility in the area when San Pedro was a Navy town, and is therefore the final resting place for numerous servicemen who lost their life at sea.

Today the cemetery grounds are a city park for the City of Los Angeles, named Harbor View Memorial Park. If you find yourself in the area, you might find it to be an interesting and historic place to visit.