Robert Van Wieren
Tomb DatesAug 1960 - Aug 1962
ObituaryRobert Dale "Bob" Van Wieren, 75, entered into eternal rest on October 1, 2013. He was born in 1938, in Holland, Michigan, to Adrianna and John Van Wieren. Following graduation from Holland High School, Bob served in the United States Army. He was very proud to serve as a Tomb Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery. He received several accolades while serving at the Tomb, including; longest-serving Tomb Guard, first to be married and become a father at the Tomb, and featured on a national "We Want You" poster for the Army and in the national news show "The Huntley-Brinkley Report". After his service, he returned to Holland with his wife to work and raise his family. His family was very important to him. He loved spending time with all of them and attended many of his children's and grandchildren's sporting events and school programs. He was very proud of them. He was always willing to go out of his way to help everyone whenever they needed it. He also loved hunting, fishing and working around the house. He was a skilled craftsman in wood working, restoration of cars, motorcycles, and most recently, his vintage Chris Craft boat. He is survived by his wife Merry; children Tod Van Wieren (Janet) of Grand Ledge, Michigan, Vicky Jackson (Mark) of Holland, Tim Van Wieren (Christina) of Zeeland, Michigan, Mark Van Wieren (Peg) of West Olive, Michigan, Ben Van Wieren of Holland, and Jon Van Wieren of Holland; and many loving grandchildren, family, and friends. Graveside services with military honors will be held on October 7, 2013 at Pilgrim Home Cemetery, Holland, Michigan.
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Did you know?
How long does the Sentinel hesitate after the facing movement to begin the return walk? Is the rifle carried on the same shoulder all the time?
The Sentinel does not execute an about face, rather they stop on the 21st step, then turn and face the Tomb for 21 seconds. They then turn to face back down the mat, change the weapon to the outside shoulder, mentally count off 21 seconds, then step off for another 21 step walk down the mat. They face the Tomb at each end of the 21 step walk for 21 seconds. The Sentinel then repeats this over and over until the the Guard Change ceremony begins.