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Faces of 2 USS Monitor crewmembers reconstructed

Tuesday - 3/6/2012, 1:04pm  ET

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The phases of facial reconstruction of two sailors of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor are seen in the auditorium of the US Navy Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. In an effort to identify two Civil War sailors recovered from the shipwreck of the USS Monitor, Louisiana State University's FACES Laboratory worked with NOAA to complete forensic facial reconstructions on the two lost men recovered in 2002 by NOAA and the United States Navy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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RICHMOND, Va. - Forensic scientists have created facial reconstructions of two Union sailors found in the turret of the USS Monitor in hopes of identifying the men who went down with the ironclad 150 years ago.

The facial reconstructions were publicly released on Tuesday in Washington.

After exhausting all forensic avenues, scientists are hopeful someone will be able to identify the faces.

The facial reconstructions are based on the skulls of the two skeletal remains. DNA testing has not found a match with any living family members.

If the faces fail to stir a familial tie to claim the remains, officials will appeal to the Navy to have the remains buried at Arlington National Cemetery and a monument dedicated in memory of the Monitor and its crew.

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