James M Cardamon
Tomb PositionAssistant Relief Commander, Sentinel
Highest Military Ranke-5
Tomb DatesSep 1957 - May 1958
Military DatesJun 1956 - Jun 1962
Society MembershipFounding Father
Home City / StateMt. Lebanon, PA
Current City / StateHermitage, PA
Tomb ReflectionsBeing on Post when Queen Elizabeth laid a wreath in the Fall of 1957
Being the seventh man in the Army to receive the TGIB on 7 Feb 1958. The first day they were awarded.
One day a Nun stopped at the North end of the mat while I was facing DC, at that time they could get that close to us, and I heard her say \" God Bless you son for what you\'re doing. It made a young man realize the impact our duty had on people.
Units & CampaignsFort Knox, Kentucky, 8 weeks Basic Training
Fort Dix, NJ November Co., 4th Training Reg. Advanced Infantry Training
3d Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), Ft Myer, VA
U. S. Army Drill Team/Color Team
Awards & DecorationsTGIB
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Did you know?
How does the guard rotation work? Is it an 8 hour shift?
Currently, the Tomb Guards work on a three Relief (team) rotation - 24 hours on, 24 hours off, 24 hours on, 24 hours off, 24 hours on, 96 hours off. However, over the years it has been different. The time off isn't exactly free time. It takes the average Sentinel 8 hours to prep their uniform for the next work day. Additionally, they have Physical Training, Tomb Guard training, and haircuts to complete before the next work day.