B T Collins, U S Veteran & politician -- Sacramento
Posted by: sbcamper
N 38° 34.900 W 121° 13.980
10S E 653909 N 4271836
Quick Description: Brian Thomas Collins, b. 1940 - d. 1993. After losing his right hand and a leg, he did not sit back. He stood up for other veterans and became a national voice.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 2/8/2012 12:17:14 AM
Waymark Code: WMDP07
U S veteran Green Beret Capt. Brian Thomas "B. T." Collins served in VietNam and lost a hand and a leg there.
He was a native of NY state; graduated from Santa Clara University, served on the Board of Regents there.
He became a Calif. 34.state legislator, served as Deputy State Treasurer and Chief of Staff during Gov. Jerry Brown's term. Charities that he supported included shelters for battered women (WEAVE), the American Cancer Society, and the VietNam Veterans Memorial. His memorial service was held outdoors on the State Capitol grounds and was the largest one ever in the Sacramento Valley.
There is a book written about him titled Outrageous Hero, by Maureen Collins Baker (sister). There is a park named for him in the city of Folsom CA. He was a Republican in a Democratic term. Unique and missed in his community which was nearly national.
There is a reserve station named for him at the Sacramento Signal Depot/Business Park.
Green beret veteran, Purple Heart, legislative staff, inspiration to others.
It was probably the largest attended funeral at Eastlawn that year.
Date of birth: 10/17/1940
Date of death: 3/19/1993
Area of notoriety: Politics
Marker Type: Headstone
Visiting Hours/Restrictions: 9 - 5
Fee required?: No
Web site: [Web Link]
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