Raymond Luther Collins
Captain, United States Army
February 26, 2003:
It is with deep regret that the Congressional Medal of Honor Society notifies you of the death of Ray Collins. Ray passed away on Wednesday February 19, 2003. He suffered a heart attack on his way to his daughter Kay’s home in Colorado.
Ray worked for the VA and was a longtime friend of the CMoHS. He was instrumental in establishing the special Medal of Honor headstone program for the National Cemetery System.
He worked tirelessly to locate Medal of Honor recipient burial sites to identify them with the special MoH headstone. In 1995, the society honored Ray with its Distinguished Citizens Award. During his lifetime, he amassed an impressive collection of information on the Medal of Honor and its recipients and donated the collection to the CMoHS archives in 2000.
It was his wish that there be no funeral or
memorial service. A private interment at Arlington Cemetery will take place
later this year. Condolences may be sent to his daughter, Mrs. Marc Drzewiecki.
Following his second retirement, Ray continued to devote himself to public service, amassing a huge collection of materials on Medal of Honor and its recipients. He generously shared this information with many others (including the webmaster of this website) and, as noted above, donated the contents of his collection to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Archives. This legacy will surely continue to live on.
I can still remember the many walks that I took with Ray through Arlington National Cemetery, a place he dearly loved and the place where his wife of 58 years (Grace Augusta Hoffman Collins, rests awaiting Ray's arrival. Nearly every week, until just recently, my life was made brighter by a short telephone conversation or the arrival in the mail of some information about Arlington that he had found. I know that I will go back often and read again the notes of encouragement that he sent. He was a fine public servant, an historian, a writer, a teacher, a gentleman in every sense of the word, and he was my friend. I shall miss him!
COLLINS, RAYMOND LUTHER
CAPTAIN, US ARMY
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 12/09/1943 - 08/31/1960
DATE OF BIRTH: 04/22/1920
DATE OF DEATH: 02/19/2003
DATE OF INTERMENT: 10/27/2003
BURIED AT: SECTION 7 SITE 8193 LH
Posted: 10 March 2003 Updated: 23 April 2003 Updated: 6 July 2003 Updated: 17 April 2004 Updated: 22 April 2004 Updated: 16 October 2007
Photos By: M. R.Patterson, October 2007
Photos By M. R. Patterson, 22 April 2004