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olddennis
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posted 09-10-2012 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for olddennis   Click Here to Email olddennis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by APG85:
Armstrong won't be the first astronaut buried at sea. Wally Schirra was cremated and then buried at sea...
I thought Wally also was buried at sea but Find A Grave website indicates he is buried at the Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego. It even shows a photo of his grave marker.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-10-2012 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The marker may be just that; as this photo from the U.S. Navy captures Schirra's burial at sea.
Cmdr. Lee Axtell, command chaplain aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), releases the ashes of retired U.S. Navy captain and astronaut Walter M. (Wally) Schirra.

PeterO
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posted 09-10-2012 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert is correct. The wording "In Memory Of" on the marker means it's a memorial marker, not a grave site. Schirra's marker is the standard grave/memorial marker that every veteran is eligible for.

From the Veteran's Administration website:

Memorial Headstones and Markers

Memorial headstones and markers, for individuals or groups, are furnished for eligible deceased active duty service members and Veterans whose remains are not recovered or identified, are buried at sea, donated to science or whose cremated remains have been scattered.

Memorial headstones and markers may also be furnished in national, military post/base or state Veterans cemeteries to eligible spouses whose remains are unavailable for interment, whether or not they predecease the eligible Veteran.

These headstones and markers bear an "In Memory of" inscription, as their first line and must be placed in a recognized cemetery.

robsouth
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posted 09-12-2012 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for robsouth     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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DChudwin
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posted 09-12-2012 09:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great article by Mike Collins in the Washington Post memorializing Neil Armstrong. "He was the best."


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