Michael A. Zwolinski
Highest Military RankCPL
Tomb DatesOct 1955 - Apr 1956
Military DatesApr 1954 - Apr 1956
Home City / StateFall River, MA
Current City / StateSomerset, MA
Tomb ReflectionsThe men I served with where some of the most dedicated and sharp men I've ever known. They did this because they knew the importance of what they were doing. I was honored to serve as a Tomb Guard, and to associate with such a distinguished group.
ObituaryMichael A. Zwolinski of Somerset, MA, passed away on August 17, 2014. He leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Wanda (Piszcz), and his four children, including Susan Perkins (Greg) of E. Greenwich, RI, Michael (Cathy) of Westford, MA, Steven (Kathleen) of Woodstock, GA, and Kristine Ginsberg (Bruce) of Westwood, MA, as well as twelve grandchildren. He also leaves behind two sisters, Helen Biszko of Tiverton, RI, and Irene Hrycin of Fall River, and was predeceased by his sister Frances West. He was a communicant of St. Stanislaus Church and a recipient of the Marion Medal for service. He was very active in the church's Polish community, President of the church's Polish dance group, and participated frequently in the Polish kitchen. A veteran of the U.S Army, he served as an Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, DC. Michael retired from General Electric after a 35 year career as a Finance Manager and Business Analyst. Funeral to which relatives and friends are invited will be held Thursday at 9 AM from the Boyko Memorial Funeral Home, 709 Broadway, Fall River, MA, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stanislaus Church on Rockland St. in Fall River at 11AM. Burial will be at Notre Dame Cemetery, Fall River, MA. Calling hours will be Thursday 9-10:30 AM. Donations may be made to the St. Stanislaus School Endowment Fund, 37 Rockland St., Fall River, MA 02724. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?pid=172172433#sthash.dhY41cRe.dpuf
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Units & CampaignsAlpha Company (Honor Guard), 3rd Infantry Regiment (Old Guard), Ft. Myer, Virginia
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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).