Michael P Heaphy

Tomb Position

Commander of the Relief, Sentinel

Tomb Relief


Highest Military Rank


Tomb Dates

May 1976 - Jan 1978

Military Dates

Dec 1973 - Jan 1978

Home City / State

Buffalo, NY

Current City / State

Decatur, GA

Tomb Reflections

Best duty every - BiCentennial of the United States of America. I was at the Tomb from late 1975 until mustering out of the Army January 1978. If I were to have to do it all over, I would not hesitate, highest honor an Infantry soldier could imagine was being picked to be a Sentinel at the Tomb. Wreath-laying ceremonies were always truly touching, and every time I changed the Guard I had to bite my tongue at the honor. I was known as a bellower for my deep voice and ability to control a crowd with that voice. I have nothing but admiration for any other soldiers that served. A finer group of men I have never known, including all the men, the NCO\\\\\\\'s, and the officers involved.

Units & Campaigns

Co C, 2nd Bn 504th Infanty, 82nd Airborne Division
Co E, 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard)

Awards & Decorations

National Defense Service Medal
Good Conduct Medal
Tomb Guard Badge
US Army Jungle Operations Training Center badge

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