THOMAS R COLLINS JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 21W, LINE 69 OF THE WALL

THOMAS RUSSELL COLLINS JR

WALL NAME

THOMAS R COLLINS JR

PANEL / LINE

21W/69

DATE OF BIRTH

04/18/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DUONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/06/1969

HOME OF RECORD

TAYLOR

COUNTY OF RECORD

Wayne County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR THOMAS RUSSELL COLLINS JR
POSTED ON 10.13.2005
POSTED BY: Bill Nelson

Never Forgotten

FOREVER REMEMBERED

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heros you left behind...."

Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heros lost to the War in Vietnam:

Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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POSTED ON 7.6.2005
POSTED BY: Fellow Michigander

Lest We Forget

ONE OF MICHIGAN'S FALLEN SONS

Today we honor THOMAS RUSSELL JR COLLINS and the ultimate sacrifice he made for our country. Rest in peace Thomas, and know you are not forgotten.
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POSTED ON 5.3.2004
POSTED BY: Rahn Williams

In memory of a fallen hero

Who I am is of no significance compared to that of to whom I'm writing. Growing up In Taylor Michigan Tom was was a local area hero. See when spring came rolling around and baseball season was fully aclimated Tom showed couragous and proved himself to be a team player. Tom would always pick those young baseball enthusiest that no other team would want. He said it would help them become better ball players.
I've also been told stories of a giant "cloth high school memorial" he made. It was a collage of things, like books and football helmets, that showed his school spirit and sense of pride. So in all Tom made a sacrifice for his country, Like those sacrifices he made on those ball feilds so long ago. And he will always be known as a hero in my book because of his love for his country, his dedication, his spirit, his sense of pride.
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POSTED ON 10.8.2003
POSTED BY: matthew smith
my name is matthew smith, i was born in 1977 and lived in taylor MI. my mother (Connie Stafford) and you were best friends and grew up together. I have heard some very good stories about the two of you and it is said that my brother bryan is alot like you. i'm pretty sure you also knew my father (John Smith) he was also in the vietnam war and his aunt lived across the field from you and my mother. i wish you could have been here the last 30 years. i'm sure you would have been proud of my mother.
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POSTED ON 9.4.2003
POSTED BY: Art Stanley

For A Fallen Friend

Tom and I were friends in junior and high school. It has been over 30 years since Tom's death in Vietnam and I remember those times. I served in Vietnam after his death and wish with all my heart that Tom could have also come home.
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