Robert V Condon
Tomb PositionAssistant Relief Commander, Sentinel
Tomb DatesDec 1969 - Dec 1970
Society MembershipLifetime Member
Home City / StateWhippany, NJ
Tomb ReflectionsFirst walk photo appeared in local newspaper on 12/2/68 (my deceased Father's date of birth), new man wreath bearer 12/25/68 with Sgt. Gordon Ellens, my RC who was the old man, and many numerous others, including the double "for the last time" guard change with Sgt. Michael Lahr with whom I entered and left the Army on the same days.
ObituaryROBERT V. CONDON, JR., 64, of SPARTA, New Jersey, entered into eternal rest on on June 10, 2010. He was born on June 3, 1946 in Morristown, New Jersey and grew up in Whippany, New Jersey. He was an avid Ornithologist and golfer, and loved photography, antique cars and jazz music. He was a Veteran of the United States Army having served from 1968 until 1970. He served as a Tomb Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from December 1969 through December 1970. We was the recipient of the Expert Infantryman Badge, National Defense Service Medal, and the prestigious Tomb Guard Identification Badge. He earned the rank of Sergeant. He reflected (highlights) upon his service at the Tomb, "First walk photo appeared in local newspaper on 12/2/68 (my deceased Father's date of birth), new man wreath bearer 12/25/68 with Sgt. Gordon Ellens, my RC who was the old man, and many numerous others, including the double "for the last time" guard change with Sgt. Michael Lahr with whom I entered and left the Army on the same days". He earned his Bachelor in Arts degree from Marist College, and his Masters in Business Adminstration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He served as the Chief Financial Officer for SBK Records prior to working as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Merrimac Industries in West Caldwell, New Jersey. He was a Certified Public Accountant. He was survived by his wife Cheryl Condon; sons Robert V. Condon, III. of Brooklyn, New York, and Sean Condon of New York City; step- sons Craig Pessolano of Hoboken, New Jersey, and Kevin Pessolano of Newburyport, Massachusetts; 2 grandchildren and 3 Step Grandchildren; and siblings William Condon of Hopatcong, New Jersey, Richard Condon of Whippany, New Jersey, Marie Smith of Flanders, New Jersey, and Patricia Quadrel of Whippany, New Jersey. A Celebration of Life was held on Tuesday, June 15, 2012 at Blessed Kateri Church, Sparta, New Jersey. He was interred at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, New Jersey. Funeral arrangements by Norman Dean Funeral Home, Denville, New Jersey.
Memories & Condolences
I am so very proud of my Brother Robert V. Condon, Jr. He was so proud of being a Tomb Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and worn his pin with such pride. Our Mother, our Sister and my Daughter and myself went to Arlington to watch him there and were so impressed. I know he is in Heaven now watching and looking down at the Tomb Guards there. RIP Brother until we meet again someday in Heaven.
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Awards & DecorationsTomb Guard Identification Badge
Expert Infantryman Badge
National Defense Service Medal
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How often are the Guards changed?
The Guard is changed every thirty minutes during the summer (April 1 to Sep 30) and every hour during the winter (Oct 1 to Mar 31). During the hours the cemetery is closed, the guard is changed every 2 hours. The Tomb is guarded, and has been guarded, every minute of every day since 1937.