Welsh-born fireman Robert Williams (far right) is pictured with the ship's crew
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US Civil War sailor from Wales buried after 150 years

The remains of a Welsh crew member of a sunken US Civil War ship will be buried with full military honours at Arlington National Cemetery in the USA later.

The remains are believed to be of Welsh-born first-class fireman, Robert Williams (pictured far right) who was born in 1832. After emigrating, he enlisted with the US Navy in New York.

The USS Monitor sank in a gale off the coast of North Carolina on New Year's Eve in 1862 with 63 crew on board.

Dr Anna Holloway, curator at the USS Monitor centre at the Mariners Museum in Virginia, tells Bethan Rhys Roberts of BBC Radio Wales more about the project to identify the remains.

  • 08 Mar 2013
  • From the section Wales