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Old 10-12-2018, 02:40 PM   #1
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Default Remains of US submarine innovator exhumed in Panama

This story is not getting a lot of visibility in the US press

https://www.apnews.com/47b0aa6daa2045019308e135bd823910

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PANAMA CITY (AP) — The remains of a German-American who invented the first submarine able to dive and resurface by itself were exhumed in a Panamanian cemetery Thursday and will be reburied alongside U.S. war veterans near the Panama Canal.
Julius Kroehl’s remains were dug up with help from the U.S. Embassy, which said authorities will also seek to confirm the identity of the remains and establish a cause of death.
Kroehl built his submarine from parts brought from New York to search for pearls off Panama’s Pacific coast during the 19th century. Records say he died at age 47 of malaria, but some suspect he was killed by decompression sickness — also known as the bends.
Kroehl was buried in 1867, and his grave was only rediscovered in 2005.
“I have no words to express the sentiment of emotion, it’s a lot of emotion and also some sadness,” maritime archaeologist James Delgado said as he held part of the remains in his hand.
Delgado spent a good part of his life studying Kroehl and in 2001 discovered the remains of Kroehl’s submarine at San Telmo Island, in Panama’s Pearl Islands.
“For me it is closing a chapter in this indescribable story,” said Delgado, who is a senior vice president of SEARCH Inc., an archaeology and cultural resources management company.
Kroehl was buried in what at the time was the foreigners’ cemetery. It is now part of a cemetery in Panama City’s populous neighborhood of El Chorrillo.
The U.S. Embassy said in a statement that Kroehl participated in the U.S. Civil War and for that reason will be re-buried in the Corozal American Cemetery and Memorial.
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Old 10-12-2018, 02:57 PM   #2
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I don't see the reason for digging him up after 150 years. What's the point?
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I agree. But perhaps his decedents wanted him moved from a "foreign" cemetery to a US cemetery... like the dead care.
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It seems like I read about and saw a picture of the remains of his submarine within the last year or two.


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I don't see the reason for digging him up after 150 years. What's the point?
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Records say he died at age 47 of malaria, but some suspect he was killed by decompression sickness — also known as the bends.
JEEZE! EITHER WAY, HE CAME TO A ...Kroehl END
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Later, he was assigned to work with the U.S. Artillery of Lauman's division during the siege of Vicksburg (June 6, 1863) until the end of the siege on July 4, 1863. During this time, he contracted malaria, and was honorably discharged on August 8, 1863 after being sent back to New York City by way of Cairo, Illinois. He recuperated at his brother's home. He recovered well enough to continue his civilian occupation as a submarine engineer, but was still suffering from it when he left for Central America. Kroehl died on September 9, 1867 in Panama City, Panama, United States of Colombia, with death being attributed to "fever," and was buried there. It has been speculated that he died of decompressionsickness, during experimental dives with the Sub Marine Explorer. However, the symptoms of decompression sickness do not match that of malaria.. His widow, Sophia, argued that his death was from service-related malaria, citing witnesses who knew him during the Vicksburg campaign as well as medical statements .... Sophia was in a financially desperate situation. With over $40,000 tied up in a submarine that was left on Isla San Telmo, there was essentially no income. Any royalties from patents were expiring. She wrote to Admiral Porter for assistance. He provided her a letter of introduction, which probably resulted in her employment with the U.S. Department of the Treasury. However, attempts to collect on a pension for widows were thwarted by the circumstances of Julius' death.
The Pension Bureau assumed that the death was a result of the Panamanian environment. Sophia had to prove that the death was malaria, and that the malaria resulted from his military service. Attempts in 1880 and 1890 generated much paperwork, with sworn statements from neighbors attesting to their marriage and that she had not remarried, from Henry Kroehl about Julius' condition upon his discharge, a doctor's statement that he was diagnosed with malaria, and a statement from Alexander Strausz who served with him at Vicksburg. On top of that, she even had Archbishop John Ireland of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul, Minnesota, to lobby personally with the bureau. At first, the Bureau turned down the appeals. However, a few months before she died, her pension was increased substantially, indicating that she at one time proved her case
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JEEZE! EITHER WAY, HE CAME TO A ...Kroehl END

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