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Video: 150 years later, two sailors from ironclad Monitor finally laid to rest

NBC's Jim Miklaszewski reports.

Two unknown sailors from the Civil War, killed in 1862 when the ironclad USS Monitor sank, were buried Friday at Arlington National Cemetery. Their remains were discovered in the Union warship's gun turret after it was raised from the ocean floor off the North Carolina coast in 2002. The burial came on the eve of the 151st anniversary of the fight between the Monitor and the Merrimack, in the Battle of Hampton Roads, March 9, 1862. 

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This file photo from 1862 shows crew members posing on the deck of the USS Monitor on the James River in Virginia. Months after fighting an epic battle with the Confederate ironclad Merrimack, the Monitor sank during a storm in December 1862.