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
Whatever the secret was, the evidence Dr. Metts obtained from
Warsaw and his postmorten examination was enough to identify
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
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.