Monitor sailors to be buried at Arlington

| February 13, 2013

GruntSgt sends us a link at, which announces that two sailors found in the turret of the USS Monitor, the ironclad ship which sunk off the coast of Virginia in a storm on December 31, 1862, will be interred at Arlington;

PAC, with the assistance of the Navy Casualty Office and NOAA, conducted a comprehensive effort to identify the remains of the unknown Sailors, to include time-demanding and detailed genealogical research. Given the age of the remains, efforts to identify them were unsuccessful. However, JPAC was able to narrow down possible descendents of the unknown Sailors to 30 family members from 10 different families.

“The decision to lay these heroes to rest in Arlington, honors not only these two men but all those who died the night Monitor sank and reminds us, that the sacrifices made a hundred and fifty years ago, will never be forgotten by this nation”, said David Alberg, Superintendent of NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

Because we never forget the service and the sacrifice.

Category: Navy

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  1. B Woodman says:

    RIP, sailors.

  2. lucky says:

    Whats the internment date/time group?

  3. ROS says:

    “Never will I leave thee nor forsake thee.”

    Rest easy, gentlemen.

  4. Hondo says:

    RIP, men. You’ve earned it.

  5. SJ says:

    Slightly related: Arlington has a thing on their website (and Apple/Android App) where you can enter a name and it will show you the site and even pictures of the head stone, front and back.

  6. LCDR M(Ret) says:

    RIP shipmates.

  7. LCDR M(Ret) says:

    @2 According to CNN, the internment will be on 8 March, the anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads. I live in the area and I might go if I have off.

  8. RunPatRun says:

    Different but related, Missing in America Project locates, identifies, and inters the unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans.

    MIAP’s 3rd Dignified Transfer and Military Service, Mar 16 at Quantico:

  9. Nexxius says:

    Is is just me or are both the media and Obama trying their best to make this administration resemble Lincoln’s or at least make Obama out to be the *new* Lincoln?