Join us in a Tweet Chat on Feb. 27 from 2-3 p.m. EST with David Alberg, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent, to learn about the upcoming burial of the two USS Monitor sailors that were recovered from the ship's turret in 2002. Please use #ussmonitor in your tweets.
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In 2002, the sailors were discovered inside the Civil War ironclad's gun turret when it was recovered from the ocean floor. For the last decade, the sailors' remains have resided at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Central Identification Lab in Hawaii. However, in February, Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, released the remains for burial.
About the Sailors
Discovery of Remains
Monitor National Marine Sanctuary
Navy Press Release
Arlington National Cemetery
The unknown sailors were lost along with 14 of their shipmates when Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras, N.C., on Dec. 31, 1862.
All 16 sailors will be memorialized on a group marker in section 46 of the cemetery, which is between the amphitheater and the USS Maine Mast memorial.
The specific date of the interment was chosen to recognize the Monitor's role in the Battle of Hampton Roads 151 years ago. It is Navy custom and tradition to honor the service member's final resting place by conducting an official burial ceremony. The chapel service is by invitation only.