Roger Kiser, Dick Colon and Robert Strayley are original "White House Boys" who pushed for the investigation.
Florida Govenor Charlie Crist has ordered an investigation into the crosses as a possible burial site.
Investigating reform school's past won't be easy
Last week, Crist ordered the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to look into who might lie beneath the 31 anonymous crosses on the grounds of the school, just south of the Alabama border.
Finding records and witnesses from decades ago is a massive task and investigators are asking for the public's help. Records can be lost or destroyed and memories can fade or distort what happened.
And so, it may be months before authorities decide whether to dig under the 31 white crosses. It could take years for the investigation to be completed.
Some nagging questions are bound to come up. Where was the public outcry? Why did no one speak out until now? Why weren't the families searching for their missing sons?