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Fri Sep 7, 2012, 04:27 PM

Sea burial for Armstrong, Navy man to end

Source: Cincinnati Enquirer

Neil Armstrong, a traditional Navy man to the end, will be buried at sea.

His colleagues from the Gemini and Apollo space programs had speculated about where Armstrong might go to rest.

Some thought near his hometown in Wapakoneta, Ohio, others thought perhaps closer to his home in the Cincinnati suburb of Indian Hill, where he spent the last decades of his life.

Instead, the first man to set foot on the moon wanted a traditional burial from the side of a ship.

“Well, he’s a Navy man,” said fellow astronaut and longtime friend Jim Lovell.

Armstrong’s Navy career began in 1947, when he enlisted in the Naval ROTC and went to college.

By 1950, at the age of 20, he was stationed on the USS Essex, about 100 miles off of Wonsan Bay in the Sea of Japan.

He flew 78 combat missions, and after each of them he would fly back over the water toward the safety of the Essex.

Read more: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120906/NEWS/309060150/Sea-burial-Armstrong-Navy-man-end?odyssey=mod|mostview



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Reply Sea burial for Armstrong, Navy man to end (Original post)
Blue_Tires Sep 2012 OP
hlthe2b Sep 2012 #1
4th law of robotics Sep 2012 #5
Missycim Sep 2012 #18
WinstonSmith4740 Sep 2012 #19
Missycim Sep 2012 #21
WinstonSmith4740 Sep 2012 #22
Missycim Sep 2012 #23
Richard D Sep 2012 #27
renate Sep 2012 #2
Ian David Sep 2012 #3
BlueJazz Sep 2012 #6
formercia Sep 2012 #4
Confusious Sep 2012 #9
Odin2005 Sep 2012 #10
WinstonSmith4740 Sep 2012 #20
Moondog Sep 2012 #7
DeSwiss Sep 2012 #8
Odin2005 Sep 2012 #11
MichiganVote Sep 2012 #12
a geek named Bob Sep 2012 #26
DemoTex Sep 2012 #13
Adenoid_Hynkel Sep 2012 #14
blackspade Sep 2012 #15
Bette Noir Sep 2012 #16
tabasco Sep 2012 #17
rachel1 Sep 2012 #24
daleo Sep 2012 #25

Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 04:30 PM

1. I'd sort of hoped they'd send his ashes up in on a future space mission....

It would have been nice to look up at the moon & sky at night and think a little bit of Neil was up/out there.

RIP, sir

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 04:57 PM

5. That's what I was thinking

 

If anyone could put that in his will and make it stick . . .

Either that or put the ashes in storage until they can be deposited (by hand) on Mars.

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Response to 4th law of robotics (Reply #5)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 09:04 AM

18. Didn't they

 

shoot scotty's (star trek)ashes into space?

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Response to Missycim (Reply #18)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 12:48 PM

19. I think that was Gene Roddenberry.

It might have been done (fittingly) for Scotty also, but I know they did it for Gene. Actually, I always thought it was a pretty cool idea, especially for the original Star Trek crew. Between Star Trek and our commitment at the time to reach for the stars, it was a pretty heady, and exciting time.

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Response to WinstonSmith4740 (Reply #19)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 01:13 PM

21. They did both

 

http://www.themarysue.com/james-doohan-ashes-space/


Doohan's ashes went there too or a part of them.

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Response to Missycim (Reply #21)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 02:10 PM

22. Thanks!

I'm so glad to hear that! Very, very cool.

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Response to WinstonSmith4740 (Reply #22)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 02:14 PM

23. Its just a shame

 

they couldn't have built a warp drive before he died, kind of like I was hoping My Philadelphia Eagles would have won the Superbowl before my mom passed, both things are unlikely to happen any time soon lol

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 03:29 PM

27. Me too.

To the moon. Or farther.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 04:31 PM

2. that's kind of... awesome

It sure wouldn't be my choice but it's pretty cool that the first man on the moon chose such a low-tech but epic type of burial.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 04:34 PM

3. I would have asked to have my head planted on a stake on the Moon. n/t

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Response to Ian David (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 05:25 PM

6. Damn ! LOL!!

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 04:52 PM

4. Perhaps it was to join his fellow Aviators

who never made it back to the safety of the Carrier.

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Response to formercia (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 08:00 PM

9. He probably didn't want his grave to become a shrine

He was an intensely private man.

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Response to Confusious (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 10:02 PM

10. I was thinking the same thing.

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Response to formercia (Reply #4)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 12:51 PM

20. Wow.

You just sent chills up my spine with that. Beautiful thought.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 06:14 PM

7. Safe journey Neil -




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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 06:19 PM

8. K&R

''There are great ideas undiscovered. Breakthroughs available to those who can remove one of truth's protective layers. For the places to go beyond belief. For there, lies human destiny.''

~Neil Armstrong
On the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of Apollo Eleven
The White House, July 20, 1994


- We are trying to remove those ''protective layers,'' Neil. A safe voyage to you sir.....

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 10:02 PM

11. Godspeed, Neil.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #11)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 10:30 PM

12. Yup. Some people just don't get it. Thank you Neil. We loved you.

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Response to MichiganVote (Reply #12)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 03:16 PM

26. You know...

 

I think my lab needs a photo of Neill...

For inspiration.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 10:33 PM

13. The Navy Hymn for Neil Armstrong

Farewell, sailor. And did you ever sail! Fair winds, and following seas.





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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Fri Sep 7, 2012, 11:40 PM

14. Hope they keep the location a secret

or some vulture will someday go down and try to claim salvage rights to his resting place

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 12:46 AM

15. Honestly I really like the idea.

I think it would be quite cool to be buried at sea.
My grandfather was a member of the Neptune society and his ashes were buried at sea.
I had a miniature of a Viking that I painted sent to the bottom with him, my way of a grave offering I suppose.

Anyway, I think it would be pretty cool to be dropped w/ weights to the bottom of some marine trench.
Who knows what would happen? I could become a fossil, seen a million years later, or perhaps I could be dragged down into the mantle and truly return to the earth.

And the carbon that I'm based on gets sequestered either way!
If we buried everyone this way we could free up a lot of land and have a good shot of actually showing up in the fossil record.....

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 01:25 AM

16. I'm from a Navy family, and always considered burial at sea to be perfectly respectable.

It gives me a warm feeling that this hero chose that way to go out.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 09:02 AM

17. It's difficult to put into words

how much I respect this great American hero.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 02:32 PM

24. It's saddening to have read that such a great man

died a few days ago.

Thank you, Mr. Armstrong.

May you rest in peace.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Sat Sep 8, 2012, 03:06 PM

25. I looked at the moon through my telescope last night

I couldn't help but think of him.

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