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GARY DEAN COLLINS


is honored on Panel 42W, Line 34 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 5/14/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    At 2:00 PM on September 28, 1968, two 100,000-gallon fuel barges at the Cua Viet Port facility dock at Da Nang in Quang Nam Province, RVN, exploded simultaneously from unknown causes resulting in a large fire. One of the barges was at the hard ramp while the other was at a sand ramp 200 feet away. Two naval personnel died from burns and another two were missing and presumed dead. Six more were medivacked for burns. Three naval river patrol boats were destroyed, two LCM-8 "Mike Boats" burned, and several pusher boats were either destroyed or damaged. During the blaze, small arms ammunition on the dock began cooking off. The tank landing ship USS Page County (LST-1076) played a significant role in extinguishing the fire when it approached within a few feet of the flaming pier and deployed its foam firefighting equipment. The lost naval personnel included SN Gary D. Collins, MM3 David L. Dixon, FN David P. Halpin, and MM2 Joseph D. Lilly. Dixon and Halpin were crewmembers aboard #28 boat which was engulfed by flames, forcing the crewmembers to jump into the water. Their remains were not recovered. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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  • I never met you Gary, but I honor you with all my heart!

    Posted on 1/26/18 - by Darlene Labucki darla511@charter.net
    I am a volunteer at a soldier's home in MASS and I hear stories all the time from the brave men and women that live there. How they wonder how they survived such a horrible war and lost so many of their friends. One day for some reason I was looking on this page and your face popped up and I just felt connected.You were so young, missed out your entire life.Thank you for your service to our country. your sacrifice of your life for all of us.. Heart felt for your family, Darlene ( I would love know about Gary, his life)
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  • Thinking of you

    Posted on 1/26/18 - by Carol Urie
    You were such a joyful and kind person Gary. Your life was taken far to early in life. You are missed by sooo many in this world, most especially by your brother Mark,
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  • Thank You

    Posted on 12/31/17 - by Lucy Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear SN Gary Collins,
    Thank you for your service as a Seaman. Today is the last day of 2017, Happy New Year, and it is the 7th Day of Christmas. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 8/17/17 - by Dennis Wriston
    Seaman Gary Dean Collins, Served with Detachment Cua Viet, United States Naval Support Activity (DaNang), United States Naval Forces Vietnam (USNAVFORV).
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The Wall of Faces

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