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Collins, James Lawtonlocked

(10 December 1882–30 June 1963)
  • John Kennedy Ohl


Collins, James Lawton (10 December 1882–30 June 1963), army officer, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of Jeremiah Bernard Collins, a grocery store owner in Algiers, Louisiana, and Catherine Lawton. Collins attended Tulane University from 1901 to 1903. He then entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1903, from which he graduated in 1907, ranking ninety-four in a class of 111. Commissioned a second lieutenant in the cavalry, he served with the Eighth Cavalry Regiment at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, until December 1910, when the regiment was sent to the Philippines. In the Philippines, Collins was initially stationed at Camp McGrath at Batangas on the island of Luzon, and in 1912 he led his regiment’s first detachment in operations against insurgent Moros on the island of Jolo. He then was appointed aide-de-camp to Brigadier General ...

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