John C Bolen Jr

Tomb Position

Sergeant of the Guard

Tomb Relief


Highest Military Rank

1st Sergeant

Tomb Dates

Mar 1984 - Nov 1984

Military Dates

Oct 1971 - Feb 1992

Society Membership


Home City / State

Cisne, IL

Current City / State

Fayetteville, IL

Tomb Reflections

Internment of Unknown Solider from Vietnam War.
Sergeant of the Guard during Reagan administration.

"The climate of the Vietnam Internment I can tell you that the feelings of the Sentinels was a combination of pride and heartfelt emotion. As the bearer of the Presidential wreath I can tell you that it was the highlight of my ceremonial career … my proudest moment though was when the joint pallbearers were relieved by Sentinels from TUS and I felt that the Unknown remains had arrived “home”. "

Units & Campaigns

3d United States Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)
3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division

Awards & Decorations

Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC)
Army Commendation Medal (1 OLC)
Army Achievement Medal (2 OLC)
National Defense Service Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal
Army Service Ribbon
NCO Professional Development Ribbon
Combat Infantryman Badge
Expert Infantryman Badge
Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Identification Badge
Drill Sergeant Badge
Master Parachutist Badge
Air Assault Badge
Pathfinder Badge
German Parachutist Badge
Canadian Parachutist Badge

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