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Jack Eaton, 100, the oldest living sentinel of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, salutes the Patriot Guard Riders as he walks off the airplane at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (Junfu Han/Detroit Free Press via AP)
Jack Eaton, 100, the oldest living sentinel of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, salutes the Patriot Guard Riders as he walks off the airplane at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (Junfu Han/Detroit Free Press via AP)


24 Oct 2019

Detroit Free Press | By Omar Abdel-Baqui


A 100-year-old World War II veteran finally got to scratch a much-deserved, long-awaited bullet point from his bucket list.

Jack Eaton, the oldest living sentinel of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, arrived at Detroit Metropolitan Airport Wednesday afternoon after spending the morning in Arlington, Virginia, where he saw, for the first time, a recently erected plaque recognizing his guardianship of the monument from January 1938 to December 1939.


"I really like (knowing) that it's happened," Eaton said. "This is a thing I've been wanting."

The former U.S. Army sergeant and current Burton, Michigan, resident was met at American Airlines Gate D28 by dozens of cheering, clapping and saluting veterans, public servants and other supporters, all while "America the Beautiful" played.

"I appreciate everything you people are doing here," Eaton said. "I just can't believe that this is happening. I don't think I did that much -- I was just doing what I was supposed to do."

In 2017, Eaton toured the back barracks of the guards of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where plaques of every living soldier who guarded the tomb are displayed.

A plaque honoring Eaton was nowhere to be found, so he inquired.

Following an investigation, it was found that Eaton did in fact serve, and a plaque with Eaton's name and dates of guardianship was erected.

When he returned to Arlington in 2018 via the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight, his plaque was displaced, leaving him disappointed a second time.

"He was very upset," said Eaton's stepdaughter, Brenda Warburton. "Someone described it as a five-year-old who was told their birthday party had been cancelled."

The president of Mid-Michigan Honor Flight contacted American Airlines last month and was able to secure flight arrangements to and from Washington, where Eaton ultimately received his due honor Wednesday.

"It was great to finally see his name there," Warburton said. "He even got a little choked up, and that's kind of unusual for Jack."

The spry 100-year-old received gifts from American Airlines and other organizations, and stood for seemingly every person that shook his hand.

Eaton marched with the Honor Guard and the Patriot Guard Riders across North Terminal as hundreds of travelers, some visibly emotional, erupted in cheers as he walked by.

Scott Hungerford of the Patriot Guard Riders said the event was special because of Eaton's status as a Tomb sentinel and a centennial.

Corinne Shields is part of the Willow Run Tribute Rosies, who dress up as Rosie the Riveter and greet veterans at events like this one. A few Rosies followed the procession through North Terminal.

Shields says she's glad Eaton "got a kick" out of the event.

"I'm very proud to do something, however tiny, for that amazing generation," Shields said.
 

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PATRIOTIC PUMPKINS....  https://blog.theveteranssite.greatergood.com/patriotic-pumpkins-halloween/
 

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HAPPY 244th BIRTHDAY USMC ...SEMPER FI ! .....SUNDAY 11-10-19 is the 244th  Birthday of the USMC which was organized in 1775 ....."Every Day Is A Holiday & Every Meal Is a Banquet" ....Thanks to all Veterans from all Branches who have served & those still serving & those who have Passed To A Higher Level while serving or afterwards & especially remembering my Radio Operator 24 year old CPL Manny Neves KIA 12-6-67 at Con Thien ( one of the Northern most areas just below the DMZ) in Quang Tri Province Vietnam  ..SEMPER FI !    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con_Thien ..........I remember 11-10-65..... we were attending cross training at the US Army Special Warfare School Of The Americas in Panama....for 2 weeks of the school we were camped out in a rain soaked jungle forest on survival training eating C rations & cut off from the world ...the night of our USMC B'Day we were not even aware of the Blackout (the 1st one not the BIG one) that had occurred at home the day before .....suddenly we heard people approaching..... a group of our US Army Special Forces instructors appeared & gave the Platoon a few boxes of raw steaks & a large sheet cake ...they said Happy Birthday Marines & left...we cooked the steaks whole on sticks dangled over a fire & tore off pieces & ate them like cavemen....a nice gesture by our Green Beret Brothers.....some things you never forget .... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Marine_Corps
 

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A big Thank You to the powers that be for coloring the Empire State Bldg lights yellow in honor of sesame st. & to NY1 News / Spectrum for honoring the day for the muppets announcing it at the beginning of their crappy news presentation every half hour all day as well as some other crap anniversaries they thought important to highlight today...... SEMPER FI MY USMC BROTHERS YOU WERE RESPECTED & HONORED BY MANY ON OUR 244th.
 

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Here is one story about a Vietnam Veteran and Man's Best Friend.

www.theday.com/military-news/20191110/service-dog-helps-decorated-vietnam-vet-cope-with-ptsd 
 

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A 17 year old restores a local veterans memorial

www.theday.com/local-news/20191120/lyme-resident-restores-local-veterans-memorial 
 

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THIS ADMIRAL MUST GO FOR DEFYING THE CIC.....  https://www.foxnews.com/us/navy-seal-eddie-gallagher-discharge-defense-official
 

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THE GIRL WHO WORE FREEDOM.....  https://www.normandystories.com
 

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NEVER FORGET ! ....    PEARL HARBOR 12-7-41....... Please say a Prayer for the CONTINUED REST IN PEACE for all killed & wounded that "DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY "......also please take the time to explain the events to a youngster..... www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=wvsoWqTOKaW0ggeArLrIAQ&q=PEARL+HARBOR+DAY&oq=PEARL+HARBOR+DAY&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i131k1l3j0l2j0i10k1j0l4.3239.10727.0.20503.16.12.0.4.4.0.83.771.12.12.0....0...1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.16.808...46j0i46k1.0.MG0-xNaCehE


 

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^^^^^^^    http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/remembering-the-honolulu-pearl-harbor-firefighters-who-lost-their-lives-december-7-1941/
 

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50 years ago in 1969 Our U.S. Military celebrated Christmas in Viet Nam with televisions famous Mr Bob Hope.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlyQoyhJv5Q 
 

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YES !  ...  SEMPER FI ! .....USMC firearm policy has been updated to allow off-duty Marine Corps Law Enforcement professionals to carry concealed ?privately owned firearms? while on base for self-defense.
The change comes after the December 4, 2019, firearm-based attack at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and the December 6, 2019, firearm-based attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola. U.S. military personnel who were present during the shootings were defenseless due to gun-free policies that bar concealed carry on bases and installations for self-defense.
Breitbart News reported witnesses of the Pensacola attack noted the attacker had 10 minutes without armed resistance in which to carry out his horrific work.
On December 9, 2019, Breitbart News reported that installation commanders prevent troops from being armed on base for self-defense.
Decision-making authority for on-base concealed carry shifted from the Secretary of Defense to installation commanders via Amendment S. 1536 in 2015, which passed as part of the ?National Defense Authorization Act of 2016.? Yet installation commanders by-and-large stuck with the same gun-free policies.

A USMC memo on concealed carry changes that by authorizing ?active Marine Corps Law Enforcement (LE) professionals who possess valid Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) 18 U.S.C. ?926B credentials to carry concealed privately owned firearms (POF) aboard Marine Corps property in the United States and U.S. territories for personal protection not in the performance of official duties.?

Although the USMC memo sets limitations as to where off-duty Marine LE professionals can carry for self-defense, this policy is a clear step forward in the effort to eliminate the soft-target attraction of military installations.
 

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MAKE A 104 YO MARINES DAY....SEND A CARD OR A THANK YOU NOTE.....    https://fox59.com/2020/01/11/this-104-year-old-marine-corps-veteran-is-asking-for-valentines-day-cards-ill-save-every-one/
 

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Army Ranger Medics Save Lives in Combat:
https://www.army.mil/article-amp/231597/ranger_medics_save_lives_in_combat
 

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UPDATE on reply above concerning 104 yr old Marine receiving Valentines Day card.... https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Living/104-year-veteran-receiving-valentines-day-cards-country/story?id=68445823
 
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