313th TFS/AMU-We Lost Friends

On this Memorial Day I would like to point out that we lost friends before it was on CNN.  Wolf Blizter never lamented our loss.  On FOX, Bill O, Reilly never called them patriots.   We mourned and buried our dead without fanfare.

Before Enduring Freedom.  Before Iraqi Freedom. Before Desert Storm.  We were fighting.  It was the Cold War.  For not a “Shooting War” our body count stacked up.  Many were lost on “Routine Training Missions”.  Even more were lost in car wrecks, alcoholism, depression, cancer and more.

We Lucky Puppies are a Band of Brothers and Sisters.  We’ve lost our share.

On my first day in Germany, while reporting in, we drove to base in a snow storm.  Traffic was rerouted into a farmer’s field.  A young  First Lieutenant had hit black ice while trying to pass.  The pilot had died when he hit an on coming truck head on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1980s: Capt. Mike “Seed” Caraway, 313th TFS, F4 crash

1980s: Capt. Greg Collman, 313th TFS, F4 crash

1980/81: Capt. Bill Davey, 313th TFS, F-111 crash, RAF Upper Heyford

1988: Capt. Mike “Mikey” Crandall, 313th TFS, F-16 mid-air with other F16 at Bodenheim, Germany.
Mikey is at the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 

1994: Capt. Bob “Face” Abraham, 313th TFS, Crash in Air Combat.

2004: Capt. Mark DeCesari, 313th TFS, heart attack.

 

2006: Capt. Mike “Fess” Parker 313TFS, cancer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011: Msgt Robert Coble 313 AMU cancer.

 

 

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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier- What You Don’t Know

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is the most hallowed ground in our National Cemetery.

Arlington, Virginia was the home of General Robert E. Lee. In retribution for Lee leading the Army of Northern Virginia in rebellion against the Union General of the Army Winfield Scott ordered that Union dead be buried on the plantation. “So that is be an internal reminder of Lee’s treason.”, said Scott. In 1882 The federal government finally designated Arlington has the National cemetery.

Since 1937, The Third Infantry Regiment at Fort Myer has the responsibility for guarding the tombs. Read more about the Tombs history here.

A guard has been posted on the Tombs 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year since 1921. There have been no exceptions. While posting of the sentry conducted with ceremony and sentry’s precise movements are steeped in tradition, the sentries do in fact guard the tomb.

What you don’t know is they will react to the slightest provocation. Yes, their weapons are loaded.

Do not test them.

You had better stay behind the chains and rails

 

 

 

 

This is the entire Changing of the Guard Ceremony.

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