Tomb of the Unknown

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  1. dcd_enterprises

    dcd_enterprises New Member

    Oct 14, 2007
    Wheatland, Iowa
    On Jeopardy the
    other night, the final question was How many steps does the guard take during
    his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns ------ All three missed it ---

    This is really
    an awesome sight to watch if you've never had the chance Very fascinating.

    Tomb of the
    Unknown Soldier

    1. How many
    steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and

    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

    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


    4. Does he
    carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time
    and if not, why

    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,

    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

    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
    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

    soldier of WWII} of Hollywood fame

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

    guard duty.


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

    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

    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

    God Bless and
    keep them.

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  2. dcd_enterprises

    dcd_enterprises New Member

    Oct 14, 2007
    Wheatland, Iowa
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  3. catfish83861

    catfish83861 Active Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    North Idaho
    We have never received less from our military individuals,dang and to think some misguided hollywood types went to Nam to be photographed by the enemy and today does not understand why we still do not like her. I was taught not to hate but she sure pushes my limits as do several of todays movie individuals :eek:. Just this old mans thoughts. Thanks for the post :). catfish
  4. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

    Same here, Bob.

    Not hate but a very unhealthy dislike.
  5. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    My sentiments exactly, Bob and Berto! Makes my blood boil to even think about that #$@&(*!
  6. Same feelings here, Cat, Berto, and IPT. As for Fonda and her ilk, let's just say "hate" may be too mild a term.
  7. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    More like T R E A S O N, y' all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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