Former guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier faces fight of his life

July 28, 2019

runners in the military protecting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery these elite volunteers are hand-picked and rigorously trained and tonight we have the story of one sentinels courage from our special assignment unit reporter Andrea McCarran and photojournalist Chris Mullen Sentinel Andy salga service ended abruptly when he was diagnosed with a rare disease that has no cure military doctors told him of the 17 people in the world with his precise diagnosis he's the only one still alive it's emotional and it was always motional Sentinel Andy salgo was living his dream Oh 21 steps at a time it's just like pumped me up and I was like all right I get to go guard the unknown soldiers today for entire 26 hours period like cool he served as a tomb guard that's really when it's like oh like this is this is way bigger than anything I've ever done in my life the number 21 is a symbolic nod to the 21 gun salute our nation's highest honor to me the only time that I ever felt the true honor and respect was like at night time when it's like there's nobody out there and America's sleeping but you get you know a sliver in the night to guard the end own soldiers when nobody else is around and America's entrusting you to like be there tombs March 21 steps down the mat turn and face East for 21 seconds they turn again and face north for 21 seconds then they take 21 more steps down the mat before repeating the process I think about that you know 24/7 it is haunting that selgeh was 21 when doctors at Walter Reed brought him in for emergency surgery they raced to find answers to his relentless abdominal pain pain that came on suddenly while he was walking the mat almost as if something I just took a knife and drove it into my stomach his diagnosis was devastating after the surgery I wake up and they're telling me I have just senna philic vasculitis the condition is so rare that only two of every 1 million people in the world are diagnosed with it each year the disease causes an inflammation of the blood vessels there is no cure I said back then and they're like why me like what what did I do you know they ask me the whole questionable if this is any stuff in your family no anywhere anywhere in your family no this rare form of vasculitis is often deadly you know I got a crash course in adulthood marriage and caregiving all at once at the age of 17 selcas found strength in his wife Emily high school sweethearts the newlyweds tied the knot when Emily was just 17 years old he was 20 where just till death like your your my he's my best friend I'm gonna be here till the end we got the sickness part done sickness and in health I'm really hoping health comes soon despite the constant pain it's impossible to find a photograph of selgeh where he isn't smiling make the best of it the couple was even tossed out of an emergency room once for uncontrollable giggling I love my husband i'ma live every day of the fullest you know I appreciate every second I get with him and with Emily's steadfast support he's transitioned from a wheelchair to a cane and is now able to walk again on his own I still wake up feeling just like somebody hit me with a bat on the inside but he's responding well to treatment they expect me to live Salva is fighting this disease with the same discipline and energy he mustered to protect the tomb 21 steps at a time and II selgeh will never walk the mat again he was forced to leave the military because of his illness but recently started an internship at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Andrea McCarran wusa9 he's an amazing young


  • Reply OG WEASEL July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Bless him.

  • Reply Sunshines61 July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Thank you for your service and dedication to the unknowns. Good luck with this hand you have been dealt. May you have continued good response to treatment!

  • Reply Mark Saxon July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    This young soldier most definitely exhibits traits that are usually found in lesser amounts among his peers: immeasurable courage and heart.
    When comparing him to all other soldiers, the miniscule number of those tasked with guarding the Tomb demonstrates just how special one must be when chosen for such an honorable duty. Also, the bravery and heart he possesses shows clearly in his refusal to succumb to the pain caused by his incredibly rare illness. He has more than earned the title of "superhero."

  • Reply Medic 96 July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Thank you for you service to our country

  • Reply Canadianbacon 55 July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Much respect to him

  • Reply EddyL00P July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    3:09 Hol’ up..

  • Reply W M July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Stand down and at ease Troop. Be proud. You Brother are the Best of the best. In life and in death you are a United States Soldier. Thankyou for serving and your dedication. Good luck and Good fortune in your life brother. We are the best in the world and never leave anyone behind. Get well and know there are millions of us soldiers who stand with you, in front and behind you. Carry on.

  • Reply 1m subscriber without videos challenge July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    God bless him

  • Reply Avid YP July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    There is a cure. Liars. Ketogenic diet will totally fix this.

  • Reply Scott Lightner July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Keep fighting brother.

  • Reply LegenDTriX July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Am I the only one thinking the thumbnail came from the scene of Medal of Honor: Warfighter

  • Reply A google Account July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Somebody please get this soldier some medical marijuana.

  • Reply Aztec Warrior July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    KEEP UP THE FIRE TROOP!!!! Whoora!

  • Reply Mandatory Carry July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    I will pray for him.

  • Reply eacorion July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    4:01 is that tattoo saying: white people ?!

  • Reply officer d July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Isnt that illegal since shes under 18? I mean before they got married

    Edit: thank god that he is going to live

  • Reply Harvard University July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    So everybody is gonna ignore the fact he was dating a minor when he was a adult already? I just saying

  • Reply Wylen Birkhofer July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    May god bless this innocent young man

  • Reply StilwellMotovlogger July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    God bless this man and God Bless America! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • Reply Roger Balcer July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    God Bless Warrior !

  • Reply James Burks July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    A reason to fight

  • Reply ZMan1471 July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    May this young man find good health & the fortune of a million, he has the honor of a million men thank you

  • Reply Chrashtion Bennington July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Hey I met that guy

  • Reply MollyBellaCarpetCleaning July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Great man backed by an amazing woman! Keep going bro!

  • Reply Stephen Case July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Look at him compared to the dumb and ignorant people kneeling before our flag

  • Reply Junior Playz July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Me when I want to be the person who touches the tomb first

  • Reply Eric B July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Don't give up man. God is right there with you the whole way don't give up and be very grateful that God provided you with a loving wife you're you're you're somebody I look up to for sure God bless

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  • Reply failtolawl July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    waste of money. Government spending is full of little useless things that add up. This is one of them.

  • Reply _ NEGAN _ July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    I thought this was a gunfight video. Anybody else?

  • Reply Ordo Hereticus July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Mind I ask why they face East and North specifically?

  • Reply Floodster July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Not hating but she was 17 and he was 20? Is that legal? Thanks for your service man

  • Reply CJ July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Okay the fact that he was chosen for this duty alone is rare and amazingly rare alone. The fact that he got that accomplishment and an even rarer disease. He himself is a rarity. Much respect for him!

  • Reply M1lkyway July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    One F

  • Reply Chad C July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Glad nasa picked him up. Wishing him all the best!

  • Reply WilyWalah July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    383 North Koreans disliked this video

  • Reply James Rallison July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    I recently went to arlington cemetery and didn’t see this

  • Reply NAME HERE July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    A true AMERICAN HERO..🇺🇸

  • Reply Jack Hobmeier July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    His wife is my old drama teachers daughter.

  • Reply J22 July 28, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    She was 17 he was 20 when they got married

    sounds illegal to me

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