Mark L. Arnold

Tomb Position

Assistant Relief Commander, Sentinel

Tomb Relief


Highest Military Rank


Tomb Dates

Jul 1978 - Aug 1979

Military Dates

Jun 1975 - Mar 2004

Society Membership

Lifetime Member

Home City / State

Memphis, TN

Current City / State

Paducah KY, TN

Tomb Reflections

Oh, so many. Training and being trained in the old catacombs. Being one of the ORIGINAL New-Man Nightcrawlers in Aug 1978. Going back to back with Dan Moore, with John Vestal doing all the Changes. Getting a Guard Change noted in the Logbook before I even had my Badge. Passing all my Badge evaluations with 100% and getting my Badge pinned-on after only 8 weeks. The day I nearly skidded sideways into the chains on a Change when the plaza was covered with ice. MOST MEANINGFUL was an elderly lady who showed up alone about 0800 one cold winter morning. She had a Gold Star pin on her coat and silently watched for a bit. She then walked around to the East Front of the Tomb where she knelt down, pulled out her Rosary beads, and quietly said the Rosary. Then she put a single white rose in the chain, stood up, and silently watched at the South End. When I got there and did my facing movement, she softly said, Thank you, young man. That lady, by her actions and few words, imparted more to me about what it truly meant to be a Tomb Guard than anything or anyone else ever could.

Units & Campaigns

7th SFG (A) Task Force, Central America
Operation Urgent Fury, 1/75 Rangers (1983) Operations Desert Shield & Desert Storm, 5th SFG(A) & JSOC, (1990-91;)
Operation Enduring Freedom, 5th SFG(A) & JSOC, (2001-2002;)
Operation Iraqi Freedom, USASOCOM, (2003.)
1st Bn 75th Rangers (Pre-Regiment)
Co E (Honor Guard) & Co A, 1st Bn 3d US Infantry (TOG)
2/13 Infantry, 8th ID(M), W Germany
4/8 Infantry, 8th ID(M,) W Germany
Pathfinder Platoon (Abn,) HQ, 8th ID (M,) W Germany
Recon Co (Abn,) 108 MI Bn, 8th ID (M,) W Germany
1/10 SFG (A) W Germany, Europe
7 SFG (A) Central America, Various
5 SFG (A) Mideast, Various
JSOC, J-3 Various
DIA- Various
USASOCOM - Various

Awards & Decorations

Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit w/OLC, Soldiers Medal, Bronze Star w/V & OLC, Purple Heart w/ 3 OLC, Defense Meritorious Service Medal w/ OLC, Army Meritorious Service Medal w/OLC, Army Commendation Medal w/ V & 3 OLC, Army Achievement Medal w/ OLC, Good Conduct Medal-2nd Award, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal w/ Arrowhead- 2nd Award, Southwest Asia Service Medal w/ 2 Campaign Stars, OEF Medal w/Arrowhead & Campaign Star, OIF Medal w/ Campaign Star, NCO Professional Development Ribbon- 2nd Award, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon-4th Award, Combat Infantry Badge-2nd Award, Master Parachutist Badge w/ 2 Combat Stars, Pathfinder Badge, SCUBA Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Presidential Service Badge, Tomb Guard Identification Badge. FOREIGN AWARDS: Multinational Force & Observer Medal, Saudi Arabia- Liberation of Kuwait Medal; Kuwait- Liberation of Kuwait Medal; Kenya- Distinguished Service Medal; France-Officer, National Order of Merit, Croix de Guerre TOE w/ Gilt Star, Mountain Warfare Badge, Foreign Legion Sniper Badge, Advanced Commando Badge; Belgium- Officer, Order of Leopold II; Federal Republic of Germany- Federal Merit Cross 1st Class, Weapons Proficiency Cord (Silver,) Military Proficiency Badge-Silver; United Kingdom- Member (Military Division) Order of the British Empire (MBE,) Military Cross. Foreign Parachute Qualification Badges: United Kingdom (SAS;) France; West Germany (Master;) Italy; Kuwait; Belgium; Saudi Arabia; Kenya; Canada; Netherlands; Israel.

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