William P. Duke
Tomb PositionPlatoon Leader
Highest Military RankLTC
Tomb DatesSep 1978 - Aug 1979
Military DatesApr 1975 - Sep 1995
Home City / StateLineville, AL
Current City / StateColumbus, GA
Units & CampaignsGulf War
Awards & DecorationsBronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab
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Did you know?
Do you guard in a blizzard or a bad thunderstorm?
YES, but the accomplishment of the mission and welfare of the Soldier are never put at risk. The Tomb Guards have contingencies that are ready to be executed if the weather conditions ever place the Soldiers at risk of injury or death (i.e. lightning, high winds, etc). This ensures that Sentinels can continue the mission while ensuring safety. It is the responsibility of the Chain of Command from the Sergeant of the Guard to the Regimental Commander to ensure mission accomplishment and soldier welfare at all times.
It was erroneously reported that during Hurricane Isabel, the Sentinels were ordered to abandon their posts for shelter and that they refused. No such order was ever given. All proper precautions were taken to ensure the safety of the Sentinels while accomplishing their mission. Risk assessments are constantly conducted by the Chain of Command during changing conditions to ensure that soldier welfare is maintained during mission accomplishment.