U.S. Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz and US Military attache Brian Linvill place flags on the graves of US sailors from the USS Intrepid at Old Protestant Cemetery in Tripoli on Memorial Day in 2010.
The DOD is currently studying the feasibility of repatriating the remains of these men, an evaluation that should be completed by September. This review should include an forensic analysis of the remains in these crypts to determine if they can be positively identified as those of Lt. Richard Somers or Lt. Henry Wadsworth, whose families are requesting their repatriation.
The remains of all of the men of the Intrepid should be returned home and properly buried with full military honors.