TJR’s “Video Pick of the Week” #9: The Old Guards

Strict attention to detail and tradition is (proudly) enforced by all who serve in the “Old Guard.”
(Photo: CS Muncy)

This week’s video is actually a series of short videos created by the U.S. Army. They’re like candy, each one leading almost irresistibly into the next. You’ll just want to just keep on going!

But if you only have a few minutes to spare, I recommend you watch the one I’ve linked to above. It’s provides a nice overview of the amazing men and women of the 3rd Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army, better to most Americans simply as “The Old Guard.”

Soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Regiment are famous for a variety of reasons, but its most public duty involves providing 24/7, 365-day a year sentinels for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and acting as honor guards during veteran funeral services conducted at Arlington National Cemetery.

The outstanding “Honor Guard” figure from Hasbro remains the best version of “Old Guard” soldiers ever produced. (Photo: Amazon)

Of course, GIjOE and action figure fans fondly recall the superb Honor Guard figure released by Hasbro (see photo above) and the Elite Brigade version currently produced and offered exclusively by Cotswold Collectibles HERE. Both are superb figure sets, replete with detailed Army dress uniforms and the unique white-gloved hands.

Three of the “Old Guards” standing their watch during the fierce, driving storms of Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 29, 2012. (Photo: abcnews)

With Thanksgiving now behind us and Christmas just weeks ahead, we hope you’ll take a moment to stop, reflect and give thanks to all those who do so much for our country, our servicemen and women, their families, and especially the members of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment “Old Guards.” Not even Hurricane Sandy could make them abandon their post!


One thought on “TJR’s “Video Pick of the Week” #9: The Old Guards

  1. kneonknight says:

    These men and women are the epitome of dedication to duty and commitment to their country, and the changing of the guard at Arlington is a truly moving experience. Everyone who has served or has a family member who has served owes it to themselves to make the trip to our National Cemetary and see it. You will not regret it.

    As for their 1/6 scale counterparts, I have to say that the Cotswold “Elite Brigade” uniform is far superior to the Hasbro product in almost every way, and the quality is on par with the best of the vintage G.I. Joe Uniforms. The only minor issues I have with the Cotswold offering is that there are no medals included, and the bayonet cannot be affixed to the rifle. The first can be remedied by purchasing some reproduction medals from Cotswold, while the latter requires finding a bayonet that will fit the M-14 or modifying the one that is included. If complete authenticity isn’t an issue or you wish to use your “Old Guard” for a pre-Vietnam scenario, then I suggest just swapping out the M-14 with either a reproduction or vintage M-1 Garand. The bayonet will definitely fit.

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