Theodore "Ted" Manolukas
Tomb DatesOct 1951 - Oct 1952
ObituaryTheodore P. Manolukas was born in Youngstown, on June 18, 1929 and entered eternal rest on March 11, 2014. He was the son of Peter and Maria (Theofanakis) Manolukas, immigrants from Smyrna, Greece . Ted entered the Army in March of 1951 and was assigned to the 3rd infantry and trained to fight in Korea. During training, he was asked to volunteer to serve as a sentinel for the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. He served in this elite, spit and polish, honor guard from 1951 through 1952. After the war, he returned to Youngstown and with his brother, George, and cousin Nick owned and operated Central Candy and Cigar Co. until his retirement. Ted was deeply religious and gave generously of his time and money to the church. He helped with the construction of the Greek Orthodox Monastery in Hayesville and donated material, equipment, money and opened his home to visiting clergy. Ted was a 32nd degree York-Rite Mason, Wick Lodge No. 481, Scottish Rite and Past Master of Hillman Lodge, a member of Ashlar Chapter No. 213 Royal Arch Masons, Buechner Grand Council No. 107 Royal and Select Masons and St. John’s Commandery No. 20 Knights Templar and Al Koran Shriners of Cleveland. He was also a 50 year member of AHEPA, Lincoln Chapter 89. He is survived by his wife, Darlene (Muzinich) Manolukas of Boardman; his son, Dr. John T. Manolukas of Wilmington, N.C.; and his four grandchildren, Matthew, 26, Theodore, 24, Sarah, 22 and Julia, 21, all of Toledo; and Nancy Benedetto Manolukas.
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Did you know?
How long does the Sentinel hesitate after the facing movement to begin the return walk? Is the rifle carried on the same shoulder all the time?
The Sentinel does not execute an about face, rather they stop on the 21st step, then turn and face the Tomb for 21 seconds. They then turn to face back down the mat, change the weapon to the outside shoulder, mentally count off 21 seconds, then step off for another 21 step walk down the mat. They face the Tomb at each end of the 21 step walk for 21 seconds. The Sentinel then repeats this over and over until the the Guard Change ceremony begins.