Two sailors who died 150 years ago when the USS Monitor sank off the coast of North Carolina will be buried next month in Arlington National Cemetery.
A maritime archaeologist who helped recover the sailors' remains says the ceremony will be "a proud moment" for everybody who was involved.
Tane Casserley now works at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Michigan, but he was part of the team that excavated the Monitor site.
"These guys we recovered, we all had a hand in bringing them to the surface, bringing the history to light and seeing them get the honors they deserve," Casserley told us. "It's a very proud moment for everybody," he said.
The sailors were crewmen on the USS Monitor, the civil war ironclad that battled the Confederate ship Virginia in Hampton Roads on March 9th 1862. 16 men died on New Year's Eve when the ship capsized and sank during a storm off the coast of North Carolina.
When the Navy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration raised the turret in 2002, they recovered two sets of human remains.
"We were part of the group that actually excavated them. We saw the remains down on the sea floor, 240 feet," he said, "and it was really a moving moment, you know, to see it and know the history of how the ship went down, and the cold, and how terrrible it was. And to finally see them in a sense at rest now with their other fallen soldiers, sailors, airmen in this national cemetery, it's a true honor."