John S Fader Jr
Tomb DatesJan 1997 - Sep 1998
Society MembershipLifetime Member
Home City / StateReading, MA
Current City / StateMD
Tomb ReflectionsWhen I realized it wasn't about the badge.
Units & CampaignsD co 1/3rd IN Regiment Dec 95-Dec 96
E co Honor Guard (TUS) 1/3rd IN Regiment Jan 97-Feb 98
H co (TUS) 1/3rd IN Regiment Feb 98-Sep 98
B co 1st BN 75th Ranger Regiment Oct 98-Apr 04
ROC RSTB 75th Ranger Regiment May 04-May 06
A co 1st BN 75th Ranger Regiment Jun 06-Aug 08
HHC 1st BN 75th Ranger Regiment Sep 08-Mar 09
A co Commander in Chiefs Guard 4/3rd IN Regiment Apr 09-Apr 10
E co Honor Guard 4/3rd IN Regiment May 10-May 11
Asymmetric Warfare Group Jun 11-???
Awards & DecorationsBronze Star Medal w/ 2 OLC and V device
Meritorious Service Medal w/ 3 OLC
Army Commendation Medal w/ 3 OLC
Army Achievement Medal w/ 3 OLC
Good Conduct Medal w/ 5 knots
Iraqi Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
GWOT Expeditionary Medal
GWOT Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal w/ star
NCO Professional Development Ribbon w/ numeral 3
Army Service Medal
Valorous Unit Award
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Combat Infantryman\'s Badge
Expert Infantryman\'s Badge
Master Parachutist Badge
Tomb Guard Identification Badge #447
German Master Parachutist Badge
Czech Parachutist Badge
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Did you know?
Has anyone ever tried to get past the Tomb guards, or attempted to deface the Tomb?
Yes, that is the reason why we now guard the Tomb. Back in the early 1920's, we didn't have guards and the Tomb looked much different. It was flat at ground level without the 70 ton marble 'cap'. People often came to the cemetery in those days and a few actually used the Tomb as a picnic area, likely because of the view. Soon after in 1925, they posted a civilian guard. In 1926, a US Army soldier was posted during cemetery hours. On July 1, 1937 guard duty was expanded to the 24 hour watch. Since then, the ceremony has evolved throughout the years to what you see today. Today, most of the challenges faced by the Sentinels are tourists who are speaking too loudly or attempting to get a better picture (by entering the post).