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Arlington National Cemetery | A Hero's Rest | TMSN (SS) USN Robert D. Armstrong

February 20, 2015  •  1 Comment

On a snow covered ground on January 9, 2015 another one of America's Heros was bestowed with honor and laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

TMSN (SS) USN Robert D. Armstrong served his country well, and left quite a mark on those he loved, and those that loved him. Dave and I were honored to be present to capture this bittersweet moment in this family's legacy. It is never easy to say goodbye to our loved ones, and this father's children did it with such dignity and grace while his grandchildren beheld what an honor it is to be a military man in the United States of America. I hope that it leaves an indelible impression on these young patriots.

Arlington National Cemetery is a place of somber beauty. There is a sadness, yet a peace at the same time. What a fitting memorial, a final resting place for our military men and women.

We have become friends with this wonderful family, and photographing at times proved difficult as my heart was overwhelmed with emotion. Emotion for our country, and it's finest, for the family...our friends. However, I am so thankful that they allowed us to share in this moment, and we were honored to be able to fulfill a request for them.

To learn about TMSN (SS) USN Armstrong's accomplishments, talent, and devotion to his country you can find information here

I could tell you about this man's last few months with his family, but that is only theirs to tell. However the one thing that I do want to share, and one that made the most powerful impression on me was one that is quite simple, yet so very important and I would argue his most important accomplishment of his life. It is the knowledge of this one fact that I walked away with from this memorial service for quite an extraordinary man. Dex Armstrong came to know Christ a few months before he left this earth. This to me, was the most profound statement of the day. What a comforting gift to leave your children. May the peace that surpasses all  understanding be given to his family until they meet again.

Thank you, TMSN (SS) USN Robert D. Armstrong for your service to our great country.

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Ron Mitchell(non-registered)
Tears in profusion!! What a wonderful and fitting tribute to Dex. I never had the pleasure of meeting him but our parallel paths from East Tennessee to our submarines, it is as though we were raised together as brothers.
His writings are a dear treasure to all who have served and know 'how it was'. His email address is still at the head of my listing as a constant reminder of acquaintanceship with a great individual.
Rest In Peace Sailor. We who remain now have the watch.
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