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| 28 Nov 2012
| Sgt. Luisito Brooks
Posted on 11/28/2012 9:24:59 PM PST by shove_it
Former Tomb Sentinels lay roses at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Nov. 18. Sentinels, past and present, gathered for the reunion to commemorate the special bond and brotherhood only Sentinels share. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Megan Garcia)
Since 1948, The Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Identification Badge, has been awarded to a small percentage of Soldiers who exemplified selfless service while guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier [TUS] in Arlington National Cemetery, Va. On Nov.17, they gathered to reflect on this special duty and the unique bond that exist within it. "We are a part of a strong brotherhood of dedicated men and women that have worn this badge over the years," said Sgt. Brian Gougler, Sentinel, TUS, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). "No matter what generation they served in, [badge holders] all live by the same creed." Gougler said he looked forward to his first Tomb reunion because of the understanding he hoped to gain from the experience...
...It can take anywhere between six months to more than a year to earn the badge, the second least awarded badge in the Army after the Astronaut Badge. Gerard said this rarity helps keep the group even closer. "There aren't that many of us, so everyone knows everyone," said Gerard...
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KEYWORDS: military; tombofunknowns; tussentinel; usarmy
posted on 11/28/2012 9:25:04 PM PST
As of October 2012, only 604 soldiers have been awarded this badge.
posted on 11/28/2012 9:27:53 PM PST
To: shove_it; Kathy in Alaska; txradioguy; chesty_puller
posted on 11/28/2012 9:39:44 PM PST
posted on 11/28/2012 9:44:53 PM PST
To: shove_it; txradioguy; ConorMacNessa; BIGLOOK; The Mayor; SandRat; HiJinx; Jet Jaguar; ...
posted on 11/28/2012 10:56:08 PM PST
by Kathy in Alaska
((~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
I’ve known two of these men. May G0d bless them all.
posted on 11/29/2012 12:48:16 AM PST
(When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
To: Kathy in Alaska
To: Kathy in Alaska; laurenmarlowe; BIGLOOK; alfa6; EsmeraldaA; SandRat; mylife; TMSuchman; PROCON; ...
Good Morning To Our Valiant Troops, To Our Vets, To Our Families, Our FRiends, Our Allies And To All Canteen Denizens!
Godspeed our Troops around the Globe, especially those in combat!
May The Lord Protect And Uphold Our Troops In Their Vital Mission!
May He Keep Safe Their Families During Their Time Of Separation!
May He Preserve And Uphold The American Nation In This Time Of Adversity!
Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!
Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)
posted on 11/29/2012 2:55:25 AM PST
(HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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