Arthur Sylvester “Art” Collins, Jr. - West Point NY
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 41° 23.963 W 073° 57.972
18T E 586417 N 4583609
Quick Description: Lt. General U.S. Army. In 1965, he took command of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis in Washington State. He trained the division and then took it to Vietnam in 1966.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 7/21/2020 9:42:20 AM
Waymark Code: WM12VRP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
He is buried in the United States Military Academy Post Cemetery in Section 18 (XVIII), Row G, Site 83.
From Find A Grave-Arthur Sylvester Collins Jr. was born in the Mission Hill section of Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Arthur (1887-1959) and Annie (1892-1984) Collins. He was selected to attend Boston Latin School, one of the oldest and finest high schools in the country. In 1934, he entered West Point and graduated with the Class of 1938. After graduation he was assigned to the 13th Infantry Regiment and was stationed at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. In October 1939 he was sent with the 13th Infantry to Panama and soon commanded a rifle company. Later, he was assigned to the 33rd Division, a National Guard unit, which was scheduled for service in the southwest Pacific. After working with an infantry battalion that became the best in the division, the division commander selected him to take command of the 130th Infantry Regiment. At that time, he was one of the youngest regimental commanders in the United States Army. He commanded the 130th throughout the remainder of the war, including the New Guinea and Philippine campaigns. Returning from World War II, he was one of the youngest colonels in the Army. His awards included the Silver Star for gallantry in action and the Combat Infantry Badge. After a short tour in the Pentagon, he was selected as a tactical officer at West Point. He was one of a group sent to West Point to rejuvenate the academy under its new superintendent, Major General Maxwell D. Taylor. While at West Point, he was selected to be President of the Board of Officers who investigated the honor scandals in 1951. On November 20, 1948, he married Naomi Nim Cashmore Wulfsberg, the widow of a classmate, Rolf Olaf Wulfsberg. They were the parents of three children. He was selected for early attendance at the Army War College. His next assignments were in Europe in G3 United States Army Europe and later as the regimental commander of the 10th Infantry stationed in Augsburg. Next, was Carlisle Barracks where he was on the faculty and then the Pentagon for a tour with the Joint Staff. He was promoted to brigadier general and assigned to Strike Command in Tampa. Then he returned to the Pentagon for duty on the Army Staff, with his promotion to major general. In 1965, he took command of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis in Washington State. He trained the division and then took it to Vietnam in 1966. He was promoted to lieutenant general and returned to the Army Staff as Assistant Chief of Staff for Force Development. In 1970 he returned to Vietnam as a corps commander. His final assignment was as Deputy Commander, United States Army, Europe, where he oversaw the training of the post-Vietnam United States Army in Europe. In 1974, after 36 years in the Army, he retired to Alexandria, Virginia. After retirement, he wrote Common Sense Training. He also wrote short essays on matters of importance in the military field and newspapers published his columns. During his final months he was diagnosed with cancer. The eulogy was delivered by Ed Smith and the funeral Mass was celebrated by Father McCormack, the former Catholic chaplain at West Point. Source: United States Military Academy Association of Graduates memorial.

Date of birth: 8/6/1915

Date of death: 1/7/1984

Area of notoriety: Military

Marker Type: Monument

Setting: Outdoor

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