One of the questions always asked whenever a Tomb Guard gives a presentation about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is, "has there ever been a woman Tomb Guard?"
This is something that we also mention in our documentary 'The Unknowns' and since March is women's history month it would be a perfect time to answer that question in this weeks blog.
The 2nd woman to earn the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Identification Badge was SGT Danyell Wilson.
SGT Danyell Wilson earned tomb badge #439 and was the 1st African-American woman to serve at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Shortly thereafter, in 1998 SSG Tonya Bell served and earned badge #463.
For almost a 2 decades only a handful of women volunteered for service at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, but not until 2016 did another woman finally earn a tomb guard identification badge. After months of training SGT Ruth Hanks earned her badge.
SGT Ruth Hanks badge #643 is now a Staff Sergeant and currently the commander of 3rd relief (Squad Leader).
The Old Guard made this video that has inspired Americans young and old from all around the country.
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Ethan Morse, Badge #548
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (2005-2006)