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MS Allen Gilbert Collins

MS Allen Gilbert Collins

Death 20 Dec 1943
Burial Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Plot J Row 9 Grave 53
Memorial ID 56307573 · View Source
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Son of Mrs. Helen H. Collins who resided in Hamden, Connecticut.

Allen served as a Third Mate, S.S. John Bascom, Merchant Marines, during World War II.

Merchant Marine records note that he resided in Nashua, New Hampshire prior to the war. His headstone shows the State of Connecticut where he was originally from.

Allen "Died Of Wounds" suffered after the John Bascom was hit by German bombs on December 2, 1943 while docked in Bari, Italy during the war.

He was awarded the "Distinguished Service Medal" (see below) and the Mariner's Medal.

Service # Z-261343


The President of the United States takes Pleasure in Presenting the Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal to:

Allen G. Collins
Third Mate on SS John Bascom 12/02/43

For distinguished service under unusual hazards and demands.

The SS John Bascom, in which Collins was serving, was moored in close proximity to an ammunition laden vessel in the harbor of Bari, Italy. An air raid of major proportions soon developed, with the result that many ships were exploding and sinking, including the ammunition vessel near the John Bascom, whose deck cargo became a raging inferno. Many casualties to personnel were caused by flying debris and strafing by enemy planes. Collins served as a member of a gun crew until seriously wounded by the explosion of a bomb.

With no thought of his own safety he managed to assist other men to the only remaining lifeboat, helped lower the boat, manned an oar for the trip to the breakwater and assisted in dragging three additional injured men from the flaming oil covered waters of the harbor. Several days later he died in a local hospital as a result of the injuries he had incurred. [Buried Sicily-Rome American Cemetery Location J-9-53]

Collins' great courage and his self-sacrificing devotion to the task of aiding imperiled shipmates were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Merchant Marine.

For the President
Admiral Emory Scott Land

Source for the above: American Merchant Marine at War,





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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for MS Allen Gilbert Collins (unknown–20 Dec 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56307573, citing Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial, Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .