3rd. U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)
Today, on the 10th anniversary of his
passing, we remember Staff Sgt. Adam L. Dickmyer. Enlisting in the U.S. Army in 2003, Dickmyer’s first assignment was to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). As a Private First Class, he volunteered for duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Dickmyer excelled as a Sentinel and earned the Tomb Guard Identification Badge (#528). He served with distinction as the Assistant Sergeant of the Guard and was promoted to Staff Sergeant. Following his tour at the Tomb, he served in Honor Guard Company, 4th Battalion, 3d US Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard", where he was the Casket Team Leader for the Joint Services State Funeral Team. In August 2009, he led the Joint Services State Funeral Casket Team as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for the funeral of Senator Ted Kennedy.
Staff Sgt. Dickmyer's next duty station would take him to U.S. Army Fort Campbell. He was ultimately assigned to and deployed with 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team "STRIKE", 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. On October 28, 2010, Dickmyer, while acting as a Platoon Sergeant, was killed in action near Kandahar, Afghanistan, during a dismounted patrol by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
Staff Sgt. Dickmyer was the third Tomb Guard to be killed in action. He is buried in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, resting near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where his fellow Sentinels continue the sacred duty of maintaining an 83-year vigil over the Unknowns. Soldiers never die until they are forgotten. Tomb Guards Never Forget.
Society of the Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Old Guard History