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Remains Recovered From the USS Monitor Will Be Reburied

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

(Library of Congress)PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII—The skeletal remains of the two Union sailors found in the turret of the USS Monitor will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors next month. The men died when the Monitor, known for its Civil War battle with the ironclad CSS Merrimack, capsized and sank in a storm off the coast of North Carolina in 1862. Scientists from the military’s Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command have attempted to identify the sailors’ remains for the past ten years, but they have not been able to pin down definitive answers. “Here we have two men who were lost in a storm, forgotten by even many of their descendants. But the nation’s never forgotten,” said David W. Alberg of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.