Michael A Butrum Mr

Tomb Position

Commander of the Relief, Sentinel

Tomb Relief


Highest Military Rank


Tomb Dates

Sep 1965 - Jan 1967

Military Dates

Feb 1965 - Mar 1967

Society Membership

Founding Father

Home City / State

Detroit, MI

Current City / State

Asheville, NC

Tomb Reflections

Relief Commander 2nd. Relief 30 May 1966, President Johnson Wreath laying ceremony.

Met the first Medal of Honor recipient from Viet Nam, Capt. (later Col.) Roger Donlon in the Guard Quarters.

Worked under 3 Sgt. of the Guards in 17 months, SFC A. Eldredge, SFC J.Meekins and SFC T. Bone. Sgt. Eldredge was most memorable.

Made some of the best friends in my life at the Tomb including M. Denham, H. Brennan, C Shacochis, M. O'Dell and most memorable, Marvin Franklin.

Units & Campaigns

3rd. Infantry \"The Old Guard\"

Awards & Decorations

Good Conduct
National Defense
Tomb Guard Badge
Legion of Honor award in Basic Training, Ft. Knox

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