Tomb PositionCommander of the Relief, Sentinel
Highest Military RankColonel
Tomb DatesAug 1957 - Jul 1958
Society MembershipLifetime Member
Tomb ReflectionsGilley's most memorable event while in the Tomb Guard Platoon was on May 30, 1958, when remains of Unknown Soldiers from World War II and the Korean War were entombed on the site. "President (Dwight) Eisenhower, Vice President (Richard) Nixon, and members of Congress from both houses were there," Gilley told The Daily News Journal in an article on the Fourth of July. "The amphitheater was filled with dignitaries except for one section, which had Gold Star mothers."
ObituaryGILLEY, JR., Talmadge B. Age 76 of Murfreesboro, died Saturday, July 18, 2009. He was a native of Rutherford County and the son of the late Talmadge B. Gilley, Sr. and Linnie Burris Gilley. Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, at Franklin Road Baptist Church. Funeral service will be 6 p.m. Thursday at Franklin Road Baptist Church, with Rev. Mike Norris officiating. Homegoing Fellowship will follow the service in the school gymnasium. Burial will follow in Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors at a later date. He is survived by his wife, Linda Harris Gilley; children, Nathan (Shannon) Summar of Murfreesboro, Brandy (Wade) Pope of Murfreesboro, Katie (Terry) Walker of Murfreesboro; grandchildren, Ethan and John Summar, Christopher and Caroline Pope, Tripp and Benjamin Walker, and honorary grandchildren, Cole and Jessica Powers; sisters, Geraldine (Vaughn) Powers and Deloris (Don) Tenpenny, all of Murfreesboro; brothers, Orville (Brenda) Gilley of Springfield, TN and Ray Gilley of Murfreesboro. He was a member of Franklin Road Baptist Church, and an avid fan of Franklin Road Christian School Athletes. He was a graduate of Kittrell High School, MTSU, and a graduate of the school of finance at LSU. He was retired Commissioner of Financial Institutions for the State of Tennessee. He served in the Army from 1956 to 1958 and continued in the Tennessee Army National Guard from 1958 until 1989. He was a member of Army's Honor Guard at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier. He was on detail the day of the entombment of World War II and Korean War Unknown Soldiers. Published in The Tennessean on July 22, 2009
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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.