Matt L. Kreeb
Highest Military RankSergeant
Tomb DatesAug 2002 - Aug 2005
Military DatesAug 2001 - Aug 2005
Society MembershipLifetime Member
Home City / StateGilman, IL
Current City / StateFisher, IL
Tomb ReflectionsMy experience of guarding the Tomb was a unique adventure which continues to affect me years later. The magnitude of responsibility to appropriately honor the Unknowns was humbling; while the accomplishment of proficiency was empowering. The standards I learned while guarding endure as a gauge in every facet of my life. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to memorialize the Unknowns and all that they represent.
Units & CampaignsBasic and Advanced Infantry Training at Ft. Benning, Georgia
Tomb Guard platoon, 3rd Infantry Regiment at Ft. Myer, Virginia
Awards & DecorationsTomb Guard Identification Badge
Airborne Parachutist badge
Army Commendation Medal (2)
Army Achievement Medal (3)
Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terror Service Medal
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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.