On Monday, April 19, Captain Harold Earls, IV (Retired) spoke to our club about his time in the army and his intentions for the future.
As a 9th generation Georgian, Harold is a former Army Ranger Captain. In that capacity he served as the Commander at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Prior to that he led an army team to the summit of Mount Everest. He was an All-American Captain of the West Point Baseball team and recipient of the George Smythe Leadership Award.
During his presentation, Harold explained in detail what was involved in earning the job of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
It is a cherished duty for any army soldier.
He notes that the army has been guarding the tomb continuously, 24 hours per day for the last 30,000 days. (Arlington National Cemetery web site notes that date to be April 6, 1948: https://www.arlingtontours.com/tomb-of-the-unknown-soldier)
In honor of the fallen soldiers, the tomb guards work on their uniforms themselves, spending many meticulous hours to be sure each uniform is perfect. In addition, and they never borrow any portion of accoutrement from other guards as a matter of respect. As a part of their training, they also must memorize seven pages of Arlington National Cemetery history verbatim in order to earn the right to “walk”.
In 1921, after World War I, General John Pershing convinced Congress to establish the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The guarding of the tomb did not start until much later. The unknown soldiers represent World War I, World War II, The Korean War and the Vietnam War.
In photo from left to right: John Neill - 2020-2021 Rotary Club of Sandy Springs President, Harold Earls, Jim Squire - Immediate Past Rotary District 6900 Governor.
The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs is thankful for Harold Earls' service to our country.
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