Gary P Broersma
Tomb DatesSep 1971 - Feb 1973
Military DatesFeb 1971 - Feb 1973
Home City / StateMuskegon, MI
Current City / StateDeBary, MI
Tomb ReflectionsDuring my time at the tomb, the chains were located about three feet from the end of the mat. One rainy afternoon a mother and young son were standing directly in front of me. As I reached the end of the mat and performed a wide heal click, did a left face and performed a second heal click. I heard the little boy ask his mother, "Is he trying to shake the water off his leg." I knew that if I could keep a straight face through that, I could do anything.
Awards & DecorationsArmy Commendation Medal
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Identification Badge
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Did you know?
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.