Edmond Gittens, Jr.
Tomb PositionSergeant of the Guard
Highest Military RankMSG
Tomb DatesSep 1989 - May 1991
Military DatesOct 1976 - May 1997
Society MembershipLifetime Member
Home City / StateHyattsville, MD
Current City / StatePort St Lucie, MD
Tomb ReflectionsI will always credit my duty assignment as Sergeant Of the Guard, Tomb of the Unknowns and also the Color Guard Sergeant, Continental Color Guard with contributing immensely to the manner in which I’ve conducted myself as a soldier and as a civilian. Being a member of The Old Guard, 3d Inf. Regiment made me a better person, father and mentor to others. I was able to be in the presence of the Queen of England, President Bush, VP Dan Quayle and numerous other dignataries and heads of states. In my heart I’ll always be a Tomb Guard. Line 6 is always in effect!!!
Units & CampaignsMeritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Good Conduct Medal
Awards & DecorationsTomb Guard badge
Gold Recruiter’s badge
Air Assault Badge
Expert Marksmanship (Rifle)
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Did you know?
Do you guard in a blizzard or a bad thunderstorm?
YES, but the accomplishment of the mission and welfare of the Soldier are never put at risk. The Tomb Guards have contingencies that are ready to be executed if the weather conditions ever place the Soldiers at risk of injury or death (i.e. lightning, high winds, etc). This ensures that Sentinels can continue the mission while ensuring safety. It is the responsibility of the Chain of Command from the Sergeant of the Guard to the Regimental Commander to ensure mission accomplishment and soldier welfare at all times.
It was erroneously reported that during Hurricane Isabel, the Sentinels were ordered to abandon their posts for shelter and that they refused. No such order was ever given. All proper precautions were taken to ensure the safety of the Sentinels while accomplishing their mission. Risk assessments are constantly conducted by the Chain of Command during changing conditions to ensure that soldier welfare is maintained during mission accomplishment.