1973 – Dedication of Spates Hall

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πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ 55 Years Ago πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

On this day in 1965, SSG William R. Spates Jr. was killed in action while serving in Vietnam. SSG Spates was the first Tomb Sentinel to be killed in action.

On 20 February 1973, a dedication ceremony was held naming the Fort Myer NCO Club as “Spates Hall” in his memory. Below are photos from the dedication ceremony.

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2d Battalion Inactivation

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πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ 50 Years Ago Today πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

On this day in 1970, the 2d Battalion, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) inactivated at Fort Benning, GA.

The battalion activated on 01 June 1966 as part of the 199th Infantry Brigade, also at Fort Benning. In those four years, the battalion earned 11 battle streamers during its deployment to Vietnam. Today we remember all those 2d Battalion Soldiers who lost their lives as a result of their service in Vietnam, and thank all those who served in the 2d Battalion.

Old Guard Football – 82d Airborne

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🏈 On this day 75 years ago! 🏈

As soldiers in The Old Guard adapted to occupation duty in post-war Germany, one activity they enjoyed to pass the time was the Army football league. The Old Guard fielded a team and had a very successful season.

This game was held at Olympic Stadium in Berlin against the 82d Airborne Division. The Old Guard won the game, 21-6.

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