Hans D Schlichting

Tomb Position


Tomb Relief


Highest Military Rank


Tomb Dates

May 1955 - Mar 1956

Society Membership


Home City / State

New York, NY

Current City / State

Houston/Spring, TX


Hans D. (Dirk) Schlichting, 84, of Houston, TX passed away peacefully surrounded by family on August 4, 2017. He was born May 15, 1933 to Heinrich and Anni Schlichting. Dirk faithfully served the 11th Airborne Special Operations Division and the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment with Company A. Dirk also served as Guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.. Dirk was undeniably proud to be a Tomb Guard. He served the U.S. Armed Forces for two years until he was honorably discharged. Dirk retired from Shell Oil where he worked for 33 years.

Dirk had a deep love for his wife of 60 years, Grace. He compassionately loved and cared for his family and animals. Dirk enjoyed spending time with family, including time with his children and grandchildren.

Dirk and Grace had three children:

Dirk, Nancy (deceased 2008), and Deirdre

Dirk and Grace have eight grandchildren:

Savannah, Landon, Cody, Scott, Connor, Misty, Dana and Ryan

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Units & Campaigns

Basic and Advanced Infantry training, Fort Dix, NJ
3d United States Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)
- Company A, various ceremonial details
- Guard Post Number 1 (GEN Mathew Ridgeway, Army Chief of Staff)
- Tomb Guard Platoon

Awards & Decorations

Korean National Defense Service Medal
Tomb Guard Identification Badge

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