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James F. Collins
General James F. Collins
Born September 2, 1905
Died January 22, 1989(1989-01-22) (aged 83)
Place of birth Bronx, New York
Place of death McLean, Virginia
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Department of the Army Seal.svg United States Army
Years of service 1927-1964
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held U.S. Army, Pacific
2nd Infantry Division
71st Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Other work President, American Red Cross

General James Francis Collins (September 2, 1905 – January 22, 1989) commanded the U.S. Army, Pacific from April 1961 until his retirement in 1964, and was President of the American Red Cross from 1964 until 1970. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, he gained his commission in 1927 into the Field Artillery. He later attended the National War College. He also worked in the Hawaiian Division before the outbreak of World War II, during which he served exclusively in the Pacific Theater. At the close of World War II, Collins commanded the I Corps Artillery in the Philippines and in Japan. From 1954 to 1957 he commanded the U.S. Army, Alaska. Afterward he commanded the 71st and 2nd Infantry Divisions before his tour in Hawaii. Other significant assignments include serving on the faculty of the Army War College and as Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Department of the Army in Washington, D.C.. Collins was appointed President of the American Red Cross in 1964, one month after retiring from the Army.[1] During his tenure he enhanced Red Cross services to American military personnel in Vietnam and to military hospitals worldwide.[1] Collins was born and raised in the Van Nest section of the Bronx.

He died on January 22, 1989.

Decorations[edit | edit source]

Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Air Medal
Bronze star
American Defense Service Medal (with Foreign Service Clasp)
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three bronze campaign stars
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation ribbon.svg Army of Occupation Medal with Japan clasp
Bronze oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Phliber rib.png Philippine Liberation Medal
Philippines Presidential Unit Citation.png Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation
Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg Presidential Unit Citation

See also[edit | edit source]

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