an unidentified soldier killed in battle and buried with honors, the tomb serving as a memorial to all the unidentified dead of a nation's armed forces. The tomb of the American Unknown Soldier, commemorating a serviceman killed in World War I, was established in the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia in 1921. In 1958, the remains of personnel of World War II and the Korean War were buried alongside the tomb (now called the Tomb of the Unknowns). In 1984, a serviceman of the Vietnam War was interred next to the others.
What Is Whisky Tango Foxtrot And Other Army LingoGiven the size and manpower of the US Army, it's no surprise that its lingo has gradually invaded everyday conversation. Not many of us keep a Purple Heart framed on our desk, though (i.e., we have no idea what these words and phrases mean even though we hear them all the time).
Origin of Unknown Soldier
First recorded in 1920–25
Also called, British, Unknown Warrior.
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British Dictionary definitions for unknown soldier
(in various countries) an unidentified soldier who has died in battle and for whom a tomb is established as a memorial to other unidentified dead of the nation's armed forces
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