Michael E Kirby
Tomb DatesFeb 1983 - Mar 1983
Society MembershipLifetime Member
Memories & Condolences
I remember SSGT. Kirby when I was in the process of enlisting in the US Army. He worked alongside with my recruiter, and I recall asking him about his tomb guard badge, and he told me of his time as a tomb guard. Michael was very proud of his service at the tomb, and he was a very good man. In fact, Michael was a good friend, and he is missed by all who knew him.
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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.