Larry W. Seaton
Tomb PositionAssistant Relief Commander, Historian, Sentinel
Highest Military RankSpecialist 4th Class
Tomb DatesDec 1970 - Nov 1971
Military DatesMar 1970 - Nov 1971
Society MembershipFounding Father
Home City / StatePanorama City, CA
Current City / StateNapa, CA
Tomb Reflections"Serving as a Tomb Guard remains one of the most significant periods of my life. Spending days and nights in Arlington Cemetery surrounded by the final resting places of the people who explored, served and protected this country is a very emotional experience. My fantasy is that I'll be called someday to go back and walk the mat. I'd drop whatever I was doing and catch the next plane to Washington, DC"
12/28/70 - Assigned to Co. E and the Tomb Guard's 2nd Relief.
- 1800 hrs. First evening posting.
1/3/71 - 1700 hrs. First daytime posting.
2/14/71 - 1600 hrs. Performed the final one hour guard walk. The next day, Arlington Cemetery began operating tour buses at 1/2 hour intervals and the changing of the guard became a 1/2 hour duty shift.
11/8/71 - 1600 hrs. Final posting.
Before joining the US Army, Larry lived in Southern California and was active in both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1967.
After leaving the military, he attended LA Pierce Junior College in the San Fernando Valley and then finished his studies at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo. He holds a BS degree in Natural Resources Management.
During his last year of college, he was working part-time at a local construction company. When he graduated, he began working full time for that company and now has acquired forty-three years of experience in the construction industry. During those years he has served in the positions of Project Manager, Construction Manager, Scheduling Engineer and finally V.P. of Construction at two companies. He has built schools, shopping centers, offices, homes, retail stores, wineries and spent one and one-half years in Israel working in the Negev Desert on a jet fighter base for the Israeli Air Force.
He currently resides in the Napa Valley primarily doing construction management work for the wine industry. His hobbies include genealogy, US history, geology and gardening. In 2010 he discovered the world of alpine mountaineering and has reached the summits of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Whitney and five of the world's Seven Summits - Denali (N. America), Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mt. Elbrus (Europe), Cerro Aconcagua (S. America) and Mt. Vinson (Antarctica). In March of 2015, he traveled to Nepal to climb Mt. Everest. On April 25th a 7.8 earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mt. Pumori that swept through the center of Everest Base Camp. Larry and his teammates were uninjured. One week later, Nepal closed the Everest climbing season.
Units & Campaigns1970 Basic Training - Co. C, 3rd BN, 3rd BCT BDE - Ft. Ord, CA
1970 Infantry Training - Co. B, 2nd BN, 2nd AIT BDE - Ft. Ord, CA
1970 Co. D, 1st BN (Reinf), 3rd INF (The Old Guard) Ft. Myer, VA
1970-1971 Co. E (Honor Guard),1st BN (Reinf), 3rd INF (The Old Guard) Ft. Myer, VA
Awards & DecorationsNational Defense Service Medal
Guard, Tomb Guard of the Unknown Soldier Identification Badge
Rifle Marksmanship Badge
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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.