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Herndon Monument

The Herndon Monument on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy is a 21-foot-tall (6.4┬ám) grey granite obelisk. It was erected in memory of Captain William Lewis Herndon, who courageously decided to go down with his ship, SS Central America, and the men left aboard rather than save himself on September 12, 1857. All women and children and many of the men aboard were saved by a nearby ship during the storm.

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