Frederick Kenton Bartrem
Highest Military RankSP4
Tomb DatesJan 1958 - Dec 1959
Tomb Reflections"It is hard to pick only one memorable moment at the Tomb. But there is one that does stand out. It was a rainy day and I was in the sentry box standing at parade rest. No one was around. I saw a lady come walking up the steps leading to the Tomb. She knelt down on the wet steps & spent quite a bit of time there. Finally, she crossed herself, got up and started walking my way. I came to attention and stared at the box at the other end of the mat. She spoke to me & then she said "Oh, I understand, you are not supposed to speak to me" and she turned and went down the steps. All I could think was this lady lost a father, a husband or a son in one of our wars & this place meant a great deal to her. That left a real impression on this 20-year-old who was privileged to witness this act of reverence. "
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Units & Campaigns3d United States Infantry (The Old Guard)
Awards & DecorationsArmy Commendation Medal
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How many times will a Sentinel be on duty during the shift?
Each Relief has a 24 hour rotational work day. Ideally, four qualified Sentinels, one Relief Commander (RC), one Assistant Relief Commander (ARC), and several Sentinels in training comprise the Relief. The daily walk schedule is made by the RC or ARC and is dependent on the number of Sentinels who are proficient enough to guard the Tomb in front of the public. Generally, the Sentinel will do several walks back to back and then be done for the day. However, in extreme cases, Sentinels have been known to go back-to-back (every other walk) for the entire shift.