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Memories & Condolences

  1. Dan G. Druen, Jr. April 18, 2012

    On behalf of your brothers in the Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, we will never forget your service to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and our Nation, and your sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy.

    Line 6 – Tomb Guards never forget.

  2. Kevin Welker May 13, 2012

    I have always prided myself on being the Relief Commander of First Relief based on your position as the same. Many times I visited your resting place in ANC. In a gesture of gratitude and respect, I placed flowers at your grave on the day of my last walk.

    Rest in Peace…you will never be forgotten.

  3. Jim Ravencraft September 12, 2012

    We will never forget you! It was an Honor to serve with you.Ps: 121

  4. William J. Spates January 14, 2013

    I am so honored to be given the name after my Uncle Bill (William R. Spates, Jr.) from my father James J. Spates (Ret. Army).

  5. Peter R Jones February 16, 2013

    I knew Bill when we both went to Mackin High School in Washington DC. I left my senior year and did not graduate with Bill. However we were very close friends for the 3 yrs I was there. Just happened to look up up his name on Goggle and was proud to see the nice write up on him. He was a great guy and a true friend.

    I was researching information about my father, Thomas Husdon Jones, who happened to be the sculptor of the Tomb of the Unknown memorial and ran across Bill’s name. Proud to see that he is buried within eyesite of the Tomb.

  6. John M. Gouldin July 6, 2013

    I am a Sentinel from the eighties, and did 2 1/2 years, mostly on 3rd relief. An going tradition, seemingly extant before I came onto the scene, became an especially favored task by me. Sometime before 0600, someone would harvest a handful of flowers from the many wreathes lined up just off the plaza, from the previous day’s wreath ceremonys, waiting to be taken away. The person made a bouquet and took it down to “Spate’s grave” in an informal manner Collective memory of that era taught he had requested burial near his beloved Tomb if he should die in Vietnam. If at all conscious after night-hours, I happily walked the flowers through the dewy grass and said good morning to the SSG. It’s amazing what a person can teach…even when they are not alive anymore. Sentinels never forget.