Arlington National Cemetery Chosen as Final Resting Place for USS Monitor Sailors

first_img View post tag: National View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: place View post tag: Monitor View post tag: usa Back to overview,Home naval-today Arlington National Cemetery Chosen as Final Resting Place for USS Monitor Sailors View post tag: sailors Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Feb. 12 that remains recovered from the USS Monitor will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery.A ceremony will be held March 8 to honor the two unknown Sailors.The specific date of the interment was chosen to honor Monitor’s role in the Battle of Hampton Roads 151 years ago. “These may very well be the last Navy personnel from the Civil War to be buried at Arlington,” said Mabus. “It’s important we honor these brave men and all they represent as we reflect upon the significant role Monitor and her crew had in setting the course for our modern Navy.”The Brooklyn-built Monitor, the nation’s first ironclad warship, made nautical history after being designed and assembled in 118 days. Commissioned Feb. 25, 1862, the Monitor fought in the first battle between two ironclads when it engaged CSS Virginia in the Battle of Hampton Roads March 9, 1862. The battle marked the first time iron-armored ships clashed in naval warfare and signaled the end of the era of wooden ships.Though the Monitor’s confrontation with the Virginia ended in a draw, the Monitor prevented the Virginia from gaining control of Hampton Roads and thus preserved the Federal blockade of the Norfolk-area.Months later, 16 Sailors were lost when the Monitor sank Dec. 31, 1862 in a storm off Cape Hatteras, N.C. Her wreck was discovered in 1974 was designated the nation’s first national marine sanctuary, managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Starting in 1998, the Navy, NOAA and the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News, Va., began working together to recover artifacts from Monitor.During the summer of 2002, while attempting to recover the ship’s 150-ton gun turret, Navy divers discovered human remains inside the turret. The remains were transported to Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) in Hawaii for possible identification.JPAC, 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.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 13, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Arlington View post tag: Finalcenter_img Share this article View post tag: Navy Authorities Arlington National Cemetery Chosen as Final Resting Place for USS Monitor Sailors View post tag: Resting View post tag: Chosen February 13, 2013 View post tag: USS View post tag: Cemeterylast_img read more

Man who stabbed churchgoer identified

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SYLMAR – A man shot and killed by police a day after he stabbed a churchgoer and set fire to church bungalows has been identified as Prince Marin. Marin, 42, was killed Wednesday evening after detective Christopher McKinney, 39, and officer Rodolfo Rodriguez, 34, discovered him after entering an open manhole under a bridge for the Foothill (210) freeway, located in the Big Tujunga Wash. The overpass structure is located about 30 yards behind All Nations Church, the predominately Korean church where the attack occurred. The officers “climbed into the open manhole into the (bridge) cells and continued their search when they were confronted by a machete-weilding suspect,” said officer Jason Lee, LAPD spokesman. “The suspect was shot once in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.” Lee said Marin is also suspected in a stabbing at the church six months ago. The officers involved normally work with the Foothill Divisions Narcotics Enforcement Detail. Marin was a “potentially dangerous person that we were dealing with and that’s why these detectives were out there looking for him.”last_img read more