William R. Morrison
Tomb PositionAssistant Relief Commander, Assistant Sergeant of the Guard, Commander of the Relief, Sentinel
Highest Military RankMaster Sergeant
Tomb DatesJan 1979 - Dec 1981
Military DatesOct 1975 - Apr 1996
Society MembershipFounding Father
Home City / StateNewville, WV
Current City / StateSutton, WV
Tomb ReflectionsWhile guarding the Tomb, hearing stories of loved ones passed as I conducted my walk. Made you feel honored to be doing what you did after hearing what so many before you did and gave during their tour.
Units & Campaigns3rd United States Infantry (Old Guard)
United States Army South
Awards & DecorationsLegion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal (4th Award)
Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award)
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award)
Army Superior Unit Award
Army Good Conduct Medal (6th Award)
National Defense Service Medal
Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon (with numeral 3)
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
Expert Infantryman Badge
Tomb Guard Identification Badge
Drill Sergeant Identification Badge
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Did you know?
What happened to the soldier that was in the Tomb from the Vietnam War?
The remains of the Vietnam Unknown Soldier were exhumed May 14, 1998. Based on mitochondrial DNA testing, DoD scientists identified the remains as those of Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Joseph Blassie, who was shot down near An Loc, Vietnam, in 1972. It has been decided that the crypt that contained the remains of the Vietnam Unknown will remain vacant. (Further Background) (News Article from the Department of Defense)