Standing the Watch Alone
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Over the past few months the Centennial Committee has been working on the next edition to the stories behind the transportation of the Unknown Soldiers to the United States mainland.
The first edition Olympia Marines - With the Hand of God was released in March 2020 and focused on the 1921 mission. The follow up edition focuses on the 1958 mission to bring home the World War II and Korean War Unknown Soldiers.
This edition is also written by Joseph Robert Neubeiser who served in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 -1971. He was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation from Mt. St. Mary’s College. Trained at Quantico as a communications officer and served with the 3rd Marine Division in Vietnam in 1969 as a platoon commander and company commander. He has published a number of human-interest stories for various national and local newspapers. He retired from the Federal government after 34 years as a Senior Executive.
You can read Standing the Watch Alone HERE
All, thank you again for your support to the Society as we work with the government on the national commemoration for the Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier this year. Attached is the...
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Did you know?
Is it true after two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as Guard of the Tomb, that there are only 600 presently worn, and that the Guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin?
The Tomb Guard Identification Badge (TGIB) is awarded after the Sentinel passes a series of tests. The TGIB is permanently awarded after a Sentinel has served nine months as a Sentinel at the Tomb. Over 600 have been awarded since its creation in the late 1950's (on average 10 per year). And while the TGIB can be revoked, the offense must be such that it discredits the Tomb of the Unknowns. Revocation is at the 3rd Infantry Regimental Commander’s discretion and can occur while active duty or even when the Sentinel is a civilian. The TGIB is a full size award, worn on the right pocket of the uniform jacket, not a lapel pin.