William A. Siddon
Highest Military RankSPC
Tomb DatesJan 1958 - Dec 1959
"Bill"William A. Siddon, age 71, of Naperville, IL, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2006 at Edward Hospital. He was born October 20, 1934 in Chicago, IL.He is survived by his devoted wife, Janet; and he was the dearest father of Pamela Siddon of Aurora, IL, and Michael (Denise) Siddon of Aurora. Cherished grandfather of Jackson and Alex. Fond brother of Arthur (Sally) Siddon of Alexandia, VA. Brother-in-law of Larry (Bonnie) and Bob (Mary) Kramer. Cleo his beloved dog; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Ethel Siddon; and a sister, Elaine Anderson. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of special detail that guarded the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Owned and operated Siddon & Associates Advertising. Bill was a very special part of Mike and Denises Pizzeria & Pub in Aurora, IL. He was a Naperville resident for the past 39 years.
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Units & Campaigns3d United States Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)
Awards & DecorationsTomb Guard Identification Badge
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Did you know?
Has anyone ever tried to get past the Tomb guards, or attempted to deface the Tomb?
Yes, that is the reason why we now guard the Tomb. Back in the early 1920's, we didn't have guards and the Tomb looked much different. It was flat at ground level without the 70 ton marble 'cap'. People often came to the cemetery in those days and a few actually used the Tomb as a picnic area, likely because of the view. Soon after in 1925, they posted a civilian guard. In 1926, a US Army soldier was posted during cemetery hours. On July 1, 1937 guard duty was expanded to the 24 hour watch. Since then, the ceremony has evolved throughout the years to what you see today. Today, most of the challenges faced by the Sentinels are tourists who are speaking too loudly or attempting to get a better picture (by entering the post).