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EDWARD PINKOWSKI
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A SKELETON IN SAVANNAH'S CLOSET

BY EDWARD PINKOWSKI

     A short time ago the park director of Savannah posted a sign ln Monterey Square, where General Kazimierz Pulaski's skeletal bones were kept in a burial vault for 143 years, that said the Polish hero was or was not in an iron box under the Pulaski Monument. Among other things the "alleged remains", as the words appeared on the sign, keeps alive one of the worst lies even seen and heard about Pulaski, which was that he was buried at sea, and was a brazen, defiant, and shameless effort to hide evidence that disputes the allegation.

     Because of this despicable sign, it is necessary to blow the whistle and cite evidence, which a fact-finding group under the control of the park director in Savannah has in its possession, that unmistakably identifies the human bones found under the Pulaski Monument. It is dishonest to distort this proof.

     Less than a year ago Dr. James C. Metts, the silver-haired medical examiner of Chatham County in Georgia, received a copy of Geneneral Pulaski's birth certificate, which said that he was born with a "debility" on March 6, 1745, in Warsaw, and Dr. Metts realized, because of his examination of the bones from Monterey Square in 1996, that Pulaski lived 34 years on this earth and died without the world knowing he had an undisclosed secret. He discussed the matter with his associates and they said it would cause confusion and speculation to talk about this aspect of Pulaski's life.

     Whatever the secret was, the evidence Dr. Metts obtained from Warsaw and his postmorten examination was enough to identify the bones of the person buried in Monterey Square in 1853. Never before did he ever use a birth record and a postmorten viewing to identify the bones of a person as he did in the Pulaski case. Spreading an allegation that the city did not know who was buried under the Pulaski Monument was not only dishonest but wrong. It was the misuse of Pulaski's skeleton.

     Now, after a 5,242-mile flight from Savannah, Dr. Metts, away from the pressure of the city fathers, has a chance to redeem Pulaski in the eyes of the Polish people. For one thing, when he freed Pulaski's bones from a dark hole in Monterey Square, he did not know until he received Pulaski's birth certificate that he identified the bones. He can light up the sky over Poland like the aurora borealis by sharing his proof with the country of Pulaski's birth.

     During his visit to Poland, mostly for the exhumation of Teresa Witkowska's remains in Promna, Polish journalists have an opportunity to interview Dr. Metts and dig into the evidence. DNA from Mrs. Witkowska's remains, whether positive or not, would have little to do with the undisclosed secret of Pulaski's life. But good DNA from General Pulaski's grandniece would satisfy the scientific world that Pulaski was never buried at sea.

     Nothing is more important in the life of General Pulaski than to worship him as befits a hero of two continents and fill the memory lane to his final resting place with the true and accurate stories. The proper worship of his remains in hallowed ground is still to come.