Charles J. Shacochis Jr.
Highest Military RankSP4
Tomb DatesFeb 1965 - Feb 1967
Military DatesFeb 1964 - Feb 1967
Society MembershipLifetime Member
Home City / StateBaltimore, MD
Current City / StateEldersburg, MD
Tomb ReflectionsSergeant First Class Allen Eldredge selected me to become a sentinel. I was assigned to the 2nd relief and Richie Azzaro trained me. My first RC was Staff Sergeant Bob Short. The other 2 RCs were Bill Spates and Morris Moore. There were many changes to these names but the mission and dedication remained constant. I last walked the mat on 8FEB67 and was discharged from active duty the following day.
Awards & DecorationsTomb Guard Badge
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Did you know?
Is it true a Sentinel must commit for two years to guard the Tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives.
No, this is a false rumor. The average tour at the Tomb is about a 18 months. However, there is NO set time for service there. Sentinels live either in a barracks on Ft. Myer (the Army post located adjacent to the cemetery) or off base if they like. They do have a living quarters under the steps of the amphitheater where they stay during their 24 hour shifts. If they are of legal age, they may drink except while on duty.