|James F. Collins|
General James F. Collins
|Born||September 2, 1905|
|Died||January 22, 1989(aged 83)|
|Place of birth||Bronx, New York|
|Place of death||McLean, Virginia|
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1927-1964|
U.S. Army, Pacific|
2nd Infantry Division
71st Infantry Division
|Battles/wars||World War II|
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. During his tenure he enhanced Red Cross services to American military personnel in Vietnam and to military hospitals worldwide. Collins was born and raised in the Van Nest section of the Bronx.
He died on January 22, 1989.
|Army Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster)|
|Legion of Merit|
|American Defense Service Medal (with Foreign Service Clasp)|
|Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three bronze campaign stars|
|World War II Victory Medal|
|Army of Occupation Medal with Japan clasp|
|National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster|
|Philippine Liberation Medal|
|Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation|
|Presidential Unit Citation|
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