A 100-year-old World War II veteran finally got to scratch a much-deserved, long-awaited item off his bucket list.
Jack Eaton, the oldest living sentinel of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, arrived at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Wednesday afternoon after spending the morning in Arlington, Virginia, where he saw, for the first time, a recently erected plaque recognizing his guardianship of the monument from January 1938 to December 1939.
"I really like (knowing) that it's happened," Eaton said. "This is a thing I've been wanting."
1. For the ceremony to honor the Unknown Soldier, General John Pershing selected eight American heroes from World War I to server as Body Bearers. They included some of the most decorated enlisted men in the U.S. military and represented the major service branches and specialties: the Army, Navy, Marines, Infantry, Cavalry, Field Artillery, Coast Artillery (Heavy Artillery) and Combat Engineers. Their individual stories — so gripping that each could be its own feature film — tell the larger story of America's involvement in the Great War.