Tomb DatesDec 1972 - Oct 1973
Home City / StateRogers City, MI
Current City / StateRogers City, MI
ObituaryWilliam "Bill" BRIETZKE, 53, of Rogers City, Michigan, entered into eternal rest on September 14, 2005. He was born on September 4, 1952 in Rogers City, Michigan. He was a Veteran of the United States Army having served as a Tomb Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. He graduated from Rogers City High School in 1970, and from Wayne State University in 1988 with a degree in Mortuary Science. He owned and operated the Bill Brietzke Funeral Home in Rogers City. He was survived by his wife Gwen Brietzke; children Haley, Megan, and Alec; mother Beatrice Schalk (Ralph) of Hawks, Michigan; brothers Robert (Janet) of Rogers City, Richard (Andrea) of Jackson, Michigan, and David (Jennine) of Saginaw, Michigan; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Henry August Brietzke. Burial in Faith Cemetery, Hawks, Michigan.
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Is it true a Sentinel must commit for two years to guard the Tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives.
No, this is a false rumor. The average tour at the Tomb is about a 18 months. However, there is NO set time for service there. Sentinels live either in a barracks on Ft. Myer (the Army post located adjacent to the cemetery) or off base if they like. They do have a living quarters under the steps of the amphitheater where they stay during their 24 hour shifts. If they are of legal age, they may drink except while on duty.