A 100-year-old World War II veteran who guarded the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has finally been recognized after decades.
Jack Eaton is the oldest living sentinel of the monument, which he protected from 1938-1940.
In 2017, Eaton toured the back barracks of the guards of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where plaques of every living soldier who guarded the tomb are displayed, but he didn’t see his name.
Eaton said he’s wanted the plaque for a while, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Following an investigation, it was found that Eaton did in fact serve, and a plaque with Eaton’s name and dates of guardianship was erected.
In 2018, Eaton returned to Arlington, Virginia, via the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight, but his plaque was displaced, which disappointed him a second time.
His stepdaughter, Brenda Warburton, said Eaton got a little choked up on seeing the plaque. She said, “Someone described it as a five-year-old who was told their birthday party had been canceled.”
On Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, Eaton arrived at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and was greeted by a water cannon salute when his plane landed. And he was transported to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where he viewed his plaque for the first time.