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Gov't Shutsdown - Tomb of Unknowns Guarded

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Baba Louie, Sep 19, 2003.

  1. Baba Louie

    Baba Louie Well-Known Member

    From Foxnews:

    At Arlington National Cemetery, soldiers who guard the Tomb of the Unknowns were given - for the first time ever - permission to abandon their posts and seek shelter, Superintendent John Metzler said. But they stood guard anyhow.

    Some things are more important than a Hurricane/Tropical Storm that shut down DC, caused 17 deaths and left 4.5 million without power.

    Just a comment

  2. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    Hooray for them!

    Are there any real men left on the East Coast? Yes, at the Tomb of the Unknowns.:)
  3. Baba Louie

    Baba Louie Well-Known Member

  4. C.R.Sam

    C.R.Sam Moderator Emeritus


  5. RWK

    RWK Well-Known Member

    I am astonished that permission was given to abandon their sacred responsibility at Arlington (Isabel wasn’t “that bad†– and I live <15 miles from the Cemetery). However, I am completely unsurprised that the members of the Third Infantry did NOT desert their posts.

    Good for them. We owe them.
  6. Futo Inu

    Futo Inu member


    A hearty AMEN!
  7. Sven

    Sven Senior Member

    They still use M14s?
  8. Redlg155

    Redlg155 Well-Known Member

    Yep. I saw an pic of them today on CNN.

    I hope they never change to the M16. It just doesn't seem right.

    Good Shooting
  9. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    The Old Guard SALUTE ! :D

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2003
  10. ReadyontheRight

    ReadyontheRight Well-Known Member

  11. Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler Well-Known Member

    I'm hardly suprised. Anyone with the level of dedication it takes to guard the Tomb in the first place probably isn't the type to let a little weather get in his way. Those gentlemen work very, very hard to maintain the dignity of the tomb, after all, and I'm not suprised at all that they'd ride out the storm and stay at their posts.
  12. MPFreeman

    MPFreeman Well-Known Member

    I see two things that are good.

    Good #1: The guards actually have a pair.

    Good #2: The Federal Government shut down! - Glory, glory, amen.
  13. sm

    sm member

    " Goodonem"
    I agree !
  14. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Kudos to the Old Guard. I visited the tomb in winter and was impressed by their dedication. Was told that in the heat of summer, one collasped from heat stroke. :eek:
  15. Erik

    Erik Well-Known Member

    "Goodonem," indeed.
  16. 444

    444 Well-Known Member

    I actually got to go into the guard's barracks back in the early 80's and talk to some of them.
    Hardcore seems to be putting it lightly. This was in the month of February and it was snowing. There was a changing of the guard while we were in the barracks. The guard came in, sat down and cleaned his weapon. Then he took off his coat. After spit shining the leather on his uniform he had a cup of coffee. One guy mentioned to me that he did not drive a car because he was afraid he would get a ticket and disgrace the tomb.
    Am I surprised they did not abondon their post ?

    I will guard everything within the limits of my post, and quit my post only when properly relieved.
  17. Sisco

    Sisco Well-Known Member

  18. Blain

    Blain member

    Nice to know that they still use a real rifle, the finest battle rifle ever created, to guard the tomb!
  19. UnknownSailor

    UnknownSailor Well-Known Member

    From looking at the pictures, I thought it was an M-1. I wonder if the rifle is still functional, and if they carry rounds for it somewhere....
  20. 444

    444 Well-Known Member

    When I was last there in the early 80s, they were carrying an M14 in a fiberglass stock.
    I have no idea about ammo, but I seriously doubt it.

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