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Remains Of Civil War Sailors To Be Interred At Arlington Today (Video)

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gina K. Morrissette

Photo credit: U.S. Navy

The facial reconstruction of the two USS Monitor Sailors whose remains were discovered inside the gun turret of the ship are revealed during a ceremony sponsored by the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, March 6, 2012.

The remains of two Civil War Sailors, whose remains were found inside the gun turret of the USS Monitor when that part of the ship was raised from the deep in 2002, will be interred today at Arlington National Cemetery.

The 16-member crew of the USS Monitor lost their lives when their ship sank off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on December 31, 1862.

Cindi Nicklis Neumann, great grandniece of Seaman Jacob Nicklis (USS Monitor Sailor) said of today's ceremony:

"While we inter only two unidentified individuals’ remains this week, we honor the lives and sacrifice of 16 brave souls. Their service to our country over 150 years ago is service worthy of the tribute they are receiving today."

CBS News put together a report on the discoveries made inside the Monitor's gun turret. I've posted that video below:

Sailors Found On USS Monitor

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