Robert H. Sills
Highest Military RankPrivate First Class
Tomb DatesJan 1956 - Dec 1957
Robert H. "Bob" Sills, 84, formerly of County Route 119 and a resident of Elderwood at Hornell, passed away Saturday morning (Nov. 18, 2017) at St. James Mercy Hospital following a brief illness.
Bob was born December 14, 1932 in Hornell, the son of the late Raymond and Angeline (VanDelinder) Sills.
He was a veteran of the U. S Army, serving our country from 1956-58. As a part of his active duty, he was an Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, for which he was very proud. After his military service, he returned to Canisteo to work on the family farm on County Route 119, and eventually found employment with the Erie/Lackawana Railroad and retired as a conductor for Conrail after 35 years. After retirement he continued to work on the family farm raising a few sheep, planting and harvesting seasonal crops and cutting firewood.
Bob is survived by a brother, two sisters, nieces and nephews and a very close friend.
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Tomb Guards carry fully functional M14 rifles. Given the current climate surrounding the relatively recent tragic events in Canada (attack upon the guard at the Canadian War Memorial), we will no longer be answering questions relating to specifics regarding current security and armament at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We appreciate your understanding.
Rest assured, that the US Army has the post secured as it has been since we started guard duty at the shrine in 1926.