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tomb of the unknown soldier
« on: Oct 03, 03, 03:05:09 pm CDT »

> >The Third Infantry Regiment at Fort Meyer, VA has the responsibility for
> providing ceremonial units and honor guards for state occasions, White
> House social functions, public celebrations and interments at Arlington
> National Cemetery....and standing a very formal sentry watch at the Tombs
> of the Unknowns. The public is familiar with the precision of what is
> called. "walking post" at the Tombs. There are roped off galleries where
> visitors can form to observe the troopers and their measured step and
> almost mechanical silent rifle shoulder changes. They are relieved every
> hour in a very formal drill that has to be seen to believe. Some people
> think that when the Cemetery is closed to the public in the evening in
> the evening that this show stops. First, to the men who who are dedicated
> to this work...it is no show...it is a "charge of honor".The formality
> and precision continues uninterrupted all night. During the nighttime,
> the drill of relief and the measured step of the on duty sentry remain
> unchanged from the daylight hours. To these men...these special men, the
> continuity of this post is the key to the honor and respect shown to
> these honored dead, symbolic of all American unaccounted for American
> combat dead. The steady rhythmic step in rain, sleet, snow, hail, hot,
> cold...bitter cold...uninterrupted...uninterrupted is the important part
> of the honor shown. Last night, while you were sleeping, the teeth of
> hurricane Isabel came through this area and tore hell out of
> everything... We have thousands of trees down...power outages...traffic
> signals out...roads filled with down limbs and "gear adrift" debris...We
> have flooding...and the place looks like it has been the impact area of
> an off shore bombardment. The Regimental Commander of the U.S. Third
> Infantry sent word to the nighttime Sentry Detail to secure the post and
> seek shelter from the high winds, to ensure their personal safety. THEY
> DISOBEYED THE ORDER...During winds that turned over vehicles and turned
> debris into projectiles...the measured step continued. One fellow said
> "I've got buddies getting shot at in Iraq who would kick my butt if word
> got to them that we let them down...I'm sure as hell have no intention of
> spending my Army career being known as the goddam idiot who couldn't
> stand a little light breeze and shirked his duty." .....Then he said
> something in response to a female reporters question regarding silly
> purposeless personal risk...."I wouldn't expect you to understand. it's
> an enlisted man's thing." God Bless the rascal...In a time in our
> nation's history when spin and total bullshit seems to have become the
> accepted coin-of-the-realm, there beat hearts...the enlisted hearts we
> all knew and were so damn proud to be a part of...that fully understand
> that devotion to duty is not a part time occupation. While we slept, we
> were represented by some damn fine men who fully understood their post
> orders and proudly went about their assigned responsibilities unseen,
> unrecognized and in the finest tradition of the American Enlisted Man.
> Folks, there's hope....The gene that George S. Patton...Arliegh Burke and
> Jimmy Doolittle left us...survives. >
>
> From a subvet friend in our nation's capital - On the ABC evening news, it was reported tonight that, because
> of the dangers from Hurricane Isabel approaching Washington DC, the
> military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unkown
> Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They refused.
> "No way, Sir!" Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a
> tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an
> assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a service
> person. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.
>
>Addition to this e: I saw an interview on Fox News Channel with the
>Commander of the soldiers who guard the Tomb of the unknown. He took the
>shift when Isabel was unleashing her fury, cause he did not want to ask
>any of his men to do this - he felt it was his highest honor to be on duty
>during that time. Very, very proud of our persons in uniform!!!!!! I don't
>usually suggest that e-mails be forwarded, but I'd be DAMN proud if this >one reached as many as possible.
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« Reply #1 on: Oct 03, 03, 08:48:41 pm CDT »

a true testament to the fact that honor still lives today,

also there was a back up plan with a nearby shelter that still left the tomb visible in case it got too severe and that nessecary. would allow them to retreat while still resuming thier guard. The power of there own hearts protected them however
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« Reply #2 on: Oct 04, 03, 01:34:23 am CDT »

I had the Honor of meeting one of these fine young men a few years ago there we had gone to the old VARF on saturday and then went to DC on sunday he was a young guy about 19 very nice and very much the type of man anyone hopes to god that their son will one day be. he showed me their underground office and pointed out that although the rifle has no rounds in it the clips on their belts do and so does the colt 45 they carry. yes a colt model 1911. this was in 1998 so they may now have the 9mm like everyone else but then they had the 1911. seeint them do there job was like watching somthing out of a movie and anyone who goes there and sees it and hears taps played and does not cry is not a man.
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 04, 03, 06:11:09 am CDT »

BLESS THE USA!!!!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: Oct 05, 03, 12:05:12 am CDT »

when i was in basic i got an offer to go to the Old Guard..pretty much every infantryman over 6'2'' does, but i had a ranger contract and wanted to ba a badass...if i went Old Guard i never would have went to Jump school, injured my shoulder and gotten dicharged... one of my best friends from basic went Old Guard and he was so proud of it he could bust
never got ti see him at the tomb, but it is a great assignment.
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