Tomb DatesJun 1967 - Aug 1968
Military DatesAug 1966 - Aug 1968
Society MembershipLifetime Member
Home City / StateOak Park, IL
Current City / StateHuntley, IL
Tomb ReflectionsIn April, 1968, M.L. King was assisinated. We were all put on alert and later that night our Relief went into a section of town (with loaded rifles) to help prevent any more burning/looting. As the sun rose the next morning, several ladies from the area visited us with warm rolls, etc. to thanks us for protecting them and their property. 2 months later R.E. Kennedy was killed and our RElief worked the funeral. About 4 months later I received a pesonal letter from Ethel Kennedy, thanking me for being at the funeral.
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Did you know?
Is it true a Sentinel must commit for two years to guard the Tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives.
No, this is a false rumor. The average tour at the Tomb is about a 18 months. However, there is NO set time for service there. Sentinels live either in a barracks on Ft. Myer (the Army post located adjacent to the cemetery) or off base if they like. They do have a living quarters under the steps of the amphitheater where they stay during their 24 hour shifts. If they are of legal age, they may drink except while on duty.