Unknowns, Tomb of the, a national memorial to the unrecovered dead of the United States armed forces of World Wars I and II and the Korean War. It was originally named the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, but since 1958 it has been called the Tomb of the Unknowns or, unofficially, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. The tomb is in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The remains of an unidentified United States serviceman of World War I were buried here in 1921. In 1958 two other Unknownsone from World War II, the other from the Korean Warwere buried at the tomb's foot. In 1984 an unidentified serviceman from the Vietnamese War was entombed. The remains of this serviceman were identified in 1998 through DNA testing as those of First Lt. Michael Blassie. The remains were removed from the tomb and reburied by Blassie's family near St. Louis.The tomb of the unknowns is a memorial to unrecovered dead soldiers.
The monument is a rectangular block of marble, 14 feet (4.3 m) long at the base and 8 feet (2.4 m) high from base to cap. The inscription on the tomb reads "Here Rests in Honored Glory an American Soldier Known But to God."
After World War I many countries dedicated similar memorials. France's is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, beneath the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris. Britain's is in Westminster Abbey.