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Old 09-10-2007, 10:01 AM   #1
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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the

tomb of the Unknowns and why?

21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the

highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his

return walk and why?

21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1

3. Why are his gloves wet?

His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the

rifle.

4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time

and if not, why not?

He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb.

After his march across the path, he executes an about face

and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

5. How often are the guards changed?

Guards are changed every thirty minutes,

twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?

For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be

between 5' 10" and 6' 2" tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30." Other

requirements of the Guard: They must commit 2 years of life 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. They cannot swear in public for
the

rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform {fighting} or the
tomb in

any way. After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on

their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only

400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their

lives or give up the wreath pin.

The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat

and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the

top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.

There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for
duty

in front of a full-length mirror.

The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor

watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid

to rest in Arlington National Cemetery . A guard must memorize who they
are

and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe

E. Lewis {the boxer} and Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy, {the most

decorated soldier of WWII} of Hollywood fame.

Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for

guard duty.

ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.

In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington , DC , our

US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the
ABC

evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the

hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of

the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They

respectfully declined the offer, "No way, Sir!" Soaked to the skin,

marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding

the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be

afforded to a serviceperson. The tomb has been patrolled continuously,

24/7, since 1930.

God Bless and keep them.
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:38 AM   #2
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A guard must memorize who they
are and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe
E. Lewis {the boxer} and Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy,
Joe Louis (aka "The Brown Bomber"), Heavyweight Champion of the World between 1937 and 1949, is the boxer interred at Arlington National Cemetary. (Joe E. Lewis, the comedian is buried in New Jersey.)

Although Joe LOUIS served in the Army during World War II he did not meet the technical requirements for burial at Arlington, but he is interred there because President Reagan waived the requirements when Louis died in 1981.

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Looks like somebody else read the snopes article, as well. I'll add:

>The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV.

>They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb

>[they] live in a barracks under the tomb

>[they] cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives.

>They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives

None of that is true except for not being allowed (like anyone in the military) to drink alcohol when on duty. They can do whatever they want (including swearing and drinking) when off duty.
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Looks like somebody else read the snopes article, as well. I'll add:

>The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV.

>They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb

>[they] live in a barracks under the tomb

>[they] cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives.

>They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives

None of that is true except for not being allowed (like anyone in the military) to drink alcohol when on duty. They can do whatever they want (including swearing and drinking) when off duty.
Private Pyle at work and ready for duty.
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Looks like somebody else read the snopes article, as well. I'll add:

>The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV.

>They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb

>[they] live in a barracks under the tomb

>[they] cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives.

>They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives

None of that is true except for not being allowed (like anyone in the military) to drink alcohol when on duty. They can do whatever they want (including swearing and drinking) when off duty.

I am starting to believe the rumor I read that you are actually Brainsmashr's child.
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We may both be dicks, but at least I'm smart. That dude was full-on retarded.
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BS thought of himself as smart too!
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We may both be dicks, but at least I'm smart. That dude was full-on retarded.
Yes private Dickpole you did have some things in common with BSr matter of fact quite a few but even on a bad day you could not keep up with white trash like BSr.
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>BS thought of himself as smart too

Probably, but he was demonstrably wrong with incredible frequency. I'm almost always right.
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Probably, but he was demonstrably wrong with incredible frequency. I'm almost always right.
I see no comparison between BSR and joe. BSR was trolling for search engine ranking for his website. Joe is a normal person who prides himself in being accurate as possible.
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Though somewhat opinionated at times and willing to say things the rest of us probably wouldn't say in public, Joe does have some accurate input.
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>BS thought of himself as smart too

Probably, but he was demonstrably wrong with incredible frequency. I'm almost always right.
I sure you are a real pleasure to work with
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I've worked here for abut nine years so I must not be too bad. You wouldn't want to work with someone who was right almost all of the time?

>Joe is a normal person who prides himself in being accurate as possible.

In the interests of accuracy I have to point out that I am certainly not normal. If I'm considered normal (or if any of you people are) then this country is in trouble.
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In the interests of accuracy I have to point out that I am certainly not normal. If I'm considered normal (or if any of you people are) then this country is in trouble.

There it is.
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Working there for nine years does not make you good. You may just be good at brown nosing the master. Government job joe ? I will seed one thing joe you do not lack back bone while your on your computer and using your generic avatar.
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