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Gen James Francis Collins

Gen James Francis Collins

Birth
Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Death 22 Jan 1989 (aged 83)
McLean, District of Columbia, Virginia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 2
Memorial ID 5905 · View Source
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US Army General. A combat veteran of World War II, he rose in rank to become the Commander-in-Chief of US Army, Pacific. After graduating from high school, he received an appointment to attend the US Military Academy at West Point, New York and graduated in June 1927 with a commission as a 2nd lieutenant of Field Artillery. During World War II he served primarily in the Pacific Theater of Operations and saw combat action in the Papua New Guinea and Luzon Campaigns. At the end of the war, he was assigned as commander of the US Army's 1st Corps Artillery in the Philippines and Japan and was promoted to the rank of brigadier general. His significant assignments after World War II include Commanding General, US Army Alaska (1954 until 1957), Commanding General of US Army's 71st and 2nd Infantry Divisions, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters US Army in Washington DC (1957 until 1961), and a faculty member of the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania (1950). In April 1961 he was promoted to the rank of general and became Commander-in-Chief of US Army, Pacific at Fort Shafter, Hawaii and he retired at that position in 1964 with 35 years of continuous military service. Among his military decorations and awards include the Army Distinguished Service Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, the American Defense Service Medal (with foreign service clasp), the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with three bronze campaign stars), the World War II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal (with Japan clasp), the National Defense Service Medal (with one star), the Philippine Liberation Medal, the Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation, and the US Presidential Unit Citation. Following his military retirement, he became President of the American Red Cross and served in that position until 1970. He died from cancer at the age of 83.

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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  • Added: 17 Jul 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5905
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gen James Francis Collins (2 Sep 1905–22 Jan 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5905, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .