Tomb DatesJun 1961 - May 1962
Society MembershipLifetime Member
ObituaryGary Robertson, 73, of Mt. Rainier, Maryland, passed from our world surrounded by his family on April 21, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer. Gary was born June 11, 1940 in Washington, DC and grew up in Hyattsville, Maryland. Gary attended Northwestern High School, where he was a star athlete and Washington Metropolitan area wrestling champion. Following high school, Gary spent several years in the US Army as a paratrooper, ranger and ultimately a relief commander guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery. Gary graduated from the University of Maryland and taught high school English for several years before turning to a career in accounting. Gary loved to hike and camp and had a passion for art, music and photography. During the last decades of his life, Gary and his wife turned selflessly to the care of children born with severe handicaps, initially as foster parents and ultimately as adoptive parents. Gary is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Daniel Robertson; and his adopted daughter, Anna Herres. Gary is survived by his wife, Abigail Herres; his first wife, JoAnn Robertson and their three children Mark Robertson, Dawn Coapstick (Bryan) and Paul Robertson; his adopted children Alfreda and Kentrell Herres; and his grandchildren Tyler and Rachel Coapstick.
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He was a close & good friend of mine & my family. He was a good man and I think of him quite often.... LOVE YOU GARY
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Did you know?
There is a small green shack next to the Tomb. What is it for?
'The Box' (as it is affectionately known) is used primarily during wreath laying ceremonies for the Sentinel to retreat to while flowers and Taps are being presented. There also is a phone with a direct line downstairs to the Tomb Guard Quarters. This is used in times of emergencies or just to notify the next shift of something.