Dann G. Druen
Tomb PositionAssistant Relief Commander, Sentinel
Highest Military RankSergeant
Tomb DatesJan 1997 - Oct 1999
Military Dates- Oct 1999
Society MembershipFounding Father
Home City / StateShelbyville, KY
Current City / StateTampa, FL
Tomb ReflectionsThere are too many memorable moments to record on this page, but I will mention a ritual I developed while guarding the Tomb in the middle of the night. I would stand near the Unknowns while facing our nation’s capitol and share my most intimate thoughts and prayers with the Unknowns; a very humbling, spiritual and motivating experience.
Units & CampaignsBasic Training and Advanced Infantry, Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 54th Infantry, Ft Benning, Georgia
Guidon, Colors Team, and Marching Element, Bravo Company (Battlehard), 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), Ft Myer, Virginia
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Hotel Company and Echo Company (Honor Guard), 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), Ft Myer, Virginia
Awards & DecorationsArmy Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award)
National Defense Service Medal
Army Good Conduct Medal
Army Service Ribbon
NCO Professional Development Ribbon
Tomb Guard Identification Badge
Expert Infantryman Badge
Certificate of Participation, Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, Joint Services Operations, Inauguration of William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States
Air Assault Badge
Certificate of Achievement, The Old Guard, Physical Fitness Excellence (3rd Award).
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Did you know?
Is it true a Sentinel must commit for two years 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.
No, this is a false rumor. The average tour at the Tomb is about a 18 months. However, there is NO set time for service there. Sentinels live either in a barracks on Ft. Myer (the Army post located adjacent to the cemetery) or off base if they like. They do have a living quarters under the steps of the amphitheater where they stay during their 24 hour shifts. If they are of legal age, they may drink except while on duty.