Thomas W. Tudor
Tomb PositionCommander of the Relief, Sentinel
Tomb DatesFeb 1969 - May 1970
Military DatesJun 1968 - Jun 1970
Home City / StateDes Moines, IA
Current City / StateColorado Springs, CO
Tomb ReflectionsClear sky with a full moon at midnight before the lights were installed. Stunning and unforgettable. Saluting General of the Army, Omar Bradley, at President Eisenhower's funeral and having my salute returned. Walking the mat in the rain with no visitors around.
Units & CampaignsCompany E (Honor Guard Company) 1st Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry
Awards & DecorationsTomb Guard Identification Badge
National Defense Medal
Good Conduct Medal
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Did you know?
Is the rifle that the Sentinel carries loaded?
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.