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Fresno Woman On Hand As Unknown Monitor Sailors Honored In Arlington

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Diana Rambo (Right) attends the ceremony for two unknown sailors Diana Rambo (Right) attends the ceremony for two unknown sailors

The Navy on Friday laid to rest the last two unknown sailors who died a century ago aboard the USS Monitor -- the famed Civil War ironclad that sank in rough seas 1862.

Among the hundreds of people who were gathered at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. was Diana Rambo.

Rambo, of Fresno, has distant familial ties to one of the sailors who died at sea.

She is believed to be an ancestor of Jacob Nicklis, who may have been one of two skeletons that was recovered from the USS Monitor's turret more than a decade ago.

Rambo's mother provided a DNA sample to the Navy in 2010, but there was no positive identification.

In a Feb. 22 interview with KMPH, Rambo said that she was honored to be in attendance for the ceremony.

"It's very, very touching," Rambo told KMPH. "Not that we knew the relative but just thinking about these young men that were in the civil war and what an impact this ship had on naval warfare."

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