Ed Simms was the photographer who would occasionally shoot candid photos of us during my time as a Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. (I was there between Dec 93-Nov 95). Long before the days of smart phones with cameras and social media, seeing photos of ourselves during this time was rare (as was video) so when Mr Simms would pop down to the Tomb Guard quarters with fresh prints, we’d always be curious to see if we were in any of them. During a time beginning around, if memory serves correct, September 95 until after my last walk on 14 Nov 95, we were conducting the guard change and wreath laying ceremonies on the lower landing in front of the Tomb. Mr Simms captured this photo during a Guard change of myself and fellow Sentinel, Tim Reed (we earned our Tomb Guard Identification Badge the same day. To this day, I still refer to him as “Limo” and he still calls me “Shadow”). Mr Simms began doing triple exposure photos that I remember seeing some time during 1995. This one featured us Guards, our Nations flag and the Vietnam Memorial Wall. A fellow guard, James Livingston, who served at the Tomb years after me, found this image and was kind enough to send it to me. The photographer, Ed Simms, later passed away due to cancer (from what I was told- remember, all of these things occurred long before social media was around to help us better connect with others and stay apprised of events).
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. RIP Ed Simms. #usarmyoldguard #tombguard @usarmy @usarmyoldguard #11Bravo #grunt #sentinel