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Heather Lynn Johnsen

Sergeant, US Army

First female guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Heather became the first woman to earn the prestigious tomb guard identification badge, an honor afforded to only 389 soldiers since it was created in 1958.  "There is no higher honor, there is no greater honor," she said. "I can't think of anything else I'd rather do for my country than to guard the unknowns." The badge is a temporary award until the sentinel has honorably served at the Tomb of the Unknowns for nine months. Then it will be a permanent part of her uniform.

Links:

  • Arlington Cemetery Bio

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/heather-johnsen.htm

  • Oracle ThinkQuest Bio

http://library.thinkquest.org/2901/johnsen.htm

  • Los Angeles Times Article

http://articles.latimes.com/1996-07-26/news/mn-28072_1_unidentified-soldiers

 

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