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James Lawton Collins
Major General, United States Army
Major General Insignia
Born on December 10, 1882 he was a graduate of West Point. He served in the Philippine Insurrection, initially with the 8th United States Cavalry and then as aide-de-camp to General John J. Pershing. He was also Pershing's aide during the Mexican Punitive Expedition and accompanied him in that role to France during World War I.

He later became Secretary of the General Staff at General Headquarters, American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in France during that war, leaving that position to lead a battalion of the 7th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division during the last months of the war.

During World War II he commanded the Puerto Rico Division and the 5th Service Command at Columbus, Ohio. He retired as a Major General in 1946.

He died in 1963, too soon to see his youngest son, Michael, go to the moon as Commnd Module Pilot of Apollo 11, the first moon landing.

COLLINS, JAMES LAWTON
M/GEN USA
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
DATE OF BIRTH: 12/10/1882
DATE OF DEATH: 06/30/1963
DATE OF INTERMENT: 07/03/1963
BURIED AT: SECTION 34  SITE 121-A
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY



His brother, Joseph Lawton Collins, General, United States Army, is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
NOTE: His son, James Lawton Collins, Jr., Brigadier General, United States Army, died on 5 May 2002 and is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

JL Collins Gravesite PHOTO
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, January 2006


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