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The small ceremony allowed Armstrong's wife, Carol, to place his ashes into the Atlantic Ocean for a Navy burial at sea

American space hero Neil Armstrong was buried at sea last week in a small, traditional ceremony by the U.S. Navy.

While Armstrong is best known for being the first man to walk on the moon via the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969, he was first a Navy fighter pilot. He was a veteran of 78 combat missions in the Korean War, and while he had the choice to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Armstrong opted for a Navy burial at sea. 

Armstrong died August 25 at the age of 82 from heart surgery complications. Last Thursday, about 1,500 guests attended a national memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C.

After that ceremony, Armstrong's wife, close family members and members of the U.S. Navy boarded the Navy missile cruiser Philippine Sea to place Armstrong's ashes in the Atlantic Ocean. 

The ceremony was traditional, where Navy Lt. Cmdr. Paul Nagy helped Armstrong's widow, Carol, place the ashes overboard. Carol then accepted the folded U.S. flag from Capt. Steve Shinego. From there, other traditional events took place, such as the playing of "Taps" and three volleys fired from a firing squad. 

Below is a picture of Carol accepting the folded U.S. flag, provided by NASA's Bill Ingalls:

Source: NBC News

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Is that his wife?
By ShaolinSoccer on 9/17/2012 4:36:18 PM , Rating: 1
She looks young. When I was looking at the pictures at , I thought it was his daughter.

RE: Is that his wife?
By Dorkyman on 9/17/2012 5:09:38 PM , Rating: 3
I suspect that if YOU walked on the moon then you'd get pretty much any female you wanted, too.

RE: Is that his wife?
By CityZen on 9/17/2012 6:03:25 PM , Rating: 2
She was born in 1945, so she's 66 or 67 now. I agree she looks a tad younger than that. Neil was 82.

RE: Is that his wife?
By Paj on 9/18/2012 7:05:33 AM , Rating: 3
One of the few actually worthy of real fame, and he spent most of his life avoiding the spotlight. That attitude is all too rare these days.

A true hero.

RE: Fame
By kattanna on 9/18/2012 10:47:41 AM , Rating: 2
yep. and the burial at sea is a fitting end

RE: Fame
By Master Kenobi on 9/18/2012 6:57:37 PM , Rating: 2
The irony is that most people truly deserving typically do not want to be in the spotlight. Regardless of the reason be it heroism, duty, sacrifice, etc... the people you would think deserve the spotlight most, want it the least.

Neil is one of many fine Americans that upheld a standard that many need to reflect on. A hero in every sense of the word, yet he chose to just be himself on his own time and on his own terms.

Firing squad?
By Nikalin on 9/18/2012 8:44:37 AM , Rating: 3
I think it may be an Honour Guard (or in the US 'Honor' Guard) rather than a firing squad....

RE: Firing squad?
By freedserf on 9/18/2012 11:50:43 AM , Rating: 3
Tiffany just cuts and pastes. Firing squad is what NBC wrote so firing squad it is.

RE: Firing squad?
By kattanna on 9/18/2012 12:24:29 PM , Rating: 1
just about every site nowadays just cuts and pastes. Firing squad is what NBC wrote so firing squad it is.

there.. fixed it for you.. sadly


Exploring the deep deep sea
By vapore0n on 9/17/2012 4:08:41 PM , Rating: 3
Hopefully he will find Bin Laden down there and punch him in the face.

RE: Exploring the deep deep sea
By retrospooty on 9/17/2012 5:18:55 PM , Rating: 3
Not to rain on that thought of post mortem justice... But to be more realistic, Bin Ladens body has been eaten by scavengers, crapped out and that crap eaten by micro-organisms and crapped out again, so he is crap squared by now =)

The final voyage of the explorer
By bug77 on 9/17/2012 5:37:15 PM , Rating: 2
Respect, RIP.

Farewell to a childhood hero
By Natch on 9/18/2012 7:48:57 AM , Rating: 2
As the Navy says, "Fair winds and following seas, Captain".

And since he was a rocketman, I'll add the Air Force's farewell, "God speed, Neil Armstrong".

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