William Barton

Tomb Position

Assistant Relief Commander, Sentinel

Tomb Relief


Highest Military Rank


Tomb Dates

Apr 1957 - Aug 1958

Society Membership

Lifetime Member

Home City / State


Current City / State


Tomb Reflections

Served as Honor Guard during the visit to Washington by Queen Elizabeth in February 1957. The Third Relief (my relief) was on duty Memorial Day 1958 for the burial of the Unknowns from World War II and Korea. SP3 Lavern Pax was on duty during the ceremony, SGT Talmadge Gilley was the relief commander, and I was the first sentinel to relive SP3 Pax upon completion of the ceremony. President Eisenhower placed the Medal of Honor on each casket along with the ceremonial wreath. And above all, being able to pay tribute and respect to the men and women who have served our Country and paid the ultimate sacrifice defending the Freedoms enjoyed by all Americans.

Awards & Decorations

Marksman Badge, Good Conduct Metal, Tomb Guard Badge

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