04-17-04, 03:29 PM
See how much you know about the guards that walks this post. Ellie and marinemom do not answer please.

What unit Guards the Tomb

1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns__ steps and why? __________
2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why? __ seconds for the same reason as answer number 1.
3. Why are his gloves wet? His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his _________________.
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 __________________. After his march across the path, he executes an about face.
5. How often are the guards changed?
Guards are changed every ______________, ___________ hours a day, ___ 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 _ foot __ inches and _ foot _ inches tall and his waist size cannot exceed __ inches. Other requirements of the Guard:
They must commit _ years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks______________, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty __________ They cannot ____ in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform {________} or the tomb in any way. After ___ years, the guard is given a ______ pin that is worn on their _____ signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only ___ presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the _________ ________ or give up the wreath pin.
The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the _____ ___________feet. There are _____ heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud _____ as they come to a halt. There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in _____________________.
The first ___ months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV.
All off duty time is spent studying the ___ 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 boxe} and Medal of Honor winner ____________, {the most decorated soldier of WWII} of Hollywood fame. Every guard spends ____ hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.

"Here Rests
In Honored Glory
An American Soldier
Known But To God"

Dale Glasscock
04-17-04, 09:56 PM
USMC4669, Don't know the answers to your questions, but having visited the Tomb of the Unknown last year I came away very impressed. Evidently so did the woman who asked her husband, "what do we need the Marines for?" I let it slide. Semper Fi, Dale

04-17-04, 11:32 PM
i gotta know the answers to those