The Tomb

On July 2, 1937, the Army posted a guard on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Since that day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, day, night, rain, snow, heat, hurricane, nothing has kept the handful of soldiers who have earned the title of Tomb Guard from their post.

The Army can’t properly honor every soldier who serves our nation. But it can, and does, honor the Unknowns who took their place in the line, and paid the ultimate price for freedom.

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  1. Before they reorganized The Old Guard, the tomb guards were on the first floor and we (the United States Army Drill Team) were on the second floor of the E/3 IN (TOG) barracks. Quite a bit of rivalry, there. They were perfect at a simple routine while we were less than perfect at a very complex routine. To us, they were known as Tomb Dorks, while we remained The United States Army Drill Team to them… more than a couple of them came over to USADT, but I don’t know of any going from USADT to TUS in my day. My buddy and I used to go into their hallway and do a speed-skater routine by running down the hallway, leaping into the air, and then skidding down their highly-buffed floor with the steel on our shoes. Never got caught.

    1. Not to downplay TUS Soldiers at all; they are outstanding at what they do. We did pull duty for them at Christmas so they could have all three reliefs at a party, but only during the night hours.

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