GruntSgt sends us a link at navy.mil, 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.