Frank L. Sklenar
Tomb PositionSergeant of the Guard
Highest Military RankCorporal
Tomb DatesJan 1947 - Dec 1949
CPL Sklenar went to work for various New York City government agencies, and after 18 years as a painter he switched careers and worked as a stage carpenter at the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC, building sets and performing cue dress in costume on stage. While there he worked on many different types: flying, unit, wagon cues and clearing scenery fly outs. Frank retired in 1992, after 20 years as an acting stage (right) manager.
After retiring, he began to enjoy sailing, reading and competition shooting.
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Units & CampaignsTransportation Company, Fort Belvoir
Ceremonial Company, Military District of Washington
Awards & DecorationsWorld War II Victory Medal
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Is the rifle that the Sentinel carries loaded?
Tomb Guards carry fully functional M14 rifles. Given the current climate surrounding the relatively recent tragic events in Canada (attack upon the guard at the Canadian War Memorial), we will no longer be answering questions relating to specifics regarding current security and armament at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We appreciate your understanding.
Rest assured, that the US Army has the post secured as it has been since we started guard duty at the shrine in 1926.