|Death: ||Feb. 15, 1898, At Sea|
James P Aitken, 1st Cllass Boatswains Mate, USN, Killed in the Explosion and Sinking of USS Maine Havana Harbor Cuba.
Pension records show service on board USS Wabash, USS Juanita, USS Independence, USS Adams, USS Nipsic, USS Kearsarge, USS Franklin, USS Atlanta, USS Releigh and USS Maine.
U.S. Navy Pensions Index, 1861-1910about James P Aitken
Name: James P Aitken
Pension Approval: Approved
File Number: 11456
Certification Number: 13522
Arlington, Annapolis, Havana
In February 1898, the recovered bodies of sailors who died on Maine were interred in the Colon Cemetery, Havana. Some injured sailors were sent to hospitals in Havana and Key West, Florida. Those who died in hospitals were buried in Key West. In December 1899, the bodies in Havana were disinterred and brought back to the United States for burial at Arlington National Cemetery where there is a memorial to those who died and which includes the ship's main mast. 165 were buried at Arlington—although remains of one sailor were exhumed for his home town; of the rest only 62 were known. Nine bodies were never recovered and 19 crewmen buried in Key West Cemetery remain there under a statue of a U.S. sailor holding an oar
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Arlington National Cemetery
Created by: Rubbings
Record added: May 07, 2012
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