Today marks the beginning of the Twilight Tattoo performance season! The Twilight Tattoo pageant marks its 35th season this year. The Tattoo show started in 1961 under the name Torchlight Tattoo and ran until 1983 with that name. Starting in 1984, the show changed its name to Twilight Tattoo.
— 25 Years Ago Today —
On April 22, 1994, Joseph Conmy, Jr., former Commander of 1st Battalion of the Old Guard, died at his home in Virginia. Just over one year later, Building 241 on Fort Myer was dedicated as “Conmy Hall” in his memory. His widow, Marie Conmy, present to help to unveil the dedication plaque.
Today we remember Corporal Michael Folland, on what would have been his 70th birthday.
CPL Folland, while serving with the 2d Battalion, 3d Infantry Regiment, sacrificed himself when his unit was ambushed in Long Khanh Province, Republic of Vietnam. His actions cost him his life, and were recognized with the posthumous awarding of the Medal of Honor.
— 55 Years Ago —
On this day in 1964, General of the Army Douglas MacArthur died at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, in Washington, DC.
Over the following days, the State Funeral would honor MacArthur’s legacy with stops in New York City, Washington, DC and Norfolk, VA. President Kennedy had approved a State Funeral for MacArthur before his own death in 1963.
See more photos of the MacArthur State Funeral here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/oldguardmuseum/albums/721576437112813644
The folks at Jeep have named today Jeep Day (4 x 4), so what better day to show off an Old Guard jeep in use.
This jeep is at Fort A.P. Hill in 1978 and those soldiers are from Recon Platoon of The Old Guard.
Happy Jeep Day to all!
🇺🇸🇺🇸 50 Years Ago Today 🇺🇸🇺🇸
On this day in 1969, former President Eisenhower passed away at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
President Nixon said of him, “Some men are considered great because they lead great armies or they lead powerful nations. For eight years now, Dwight Eisenhower has neither commanded an army nor led a nation; and yet he remained through his final days the world’s most admired and respected man, truly the first citizen of the world.”
Click the link to see more images from the Eisenhower State Funeral- https://www.flickr.com/photos/oldguardmuseum/sets/72157633119385606
March 25 is Medal of Honor Day. We take time today to remember the four members of the 3rd Infantry Regiment that have been awarded the Medal of Honor.
Sergeant James Fegan, Company H
Plum Creek, Kansas, March 1868
Corporal Leander Herron, Company A
Near Fort Dodge, Kansas, 2 September 1868
Private Oscar Burkard, Hospital Corps (attached to 3rd Infantry Regiment)
Leech Lake, Minnesota, 5 October 1898
Corporal Michael Fleming Folland, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry, 199th Infantry Brigade
Long Kahn, Province, Republic of Vietnam, 3 July 1969
Below is a link to the Fort Larned National Historic Site’s Multimedia page. Fort Larned uploaded an audio clip of Corporal Leander Herron speaking about his experience.