John Walton Collier
Corporal, United States Army
in Worthington, Kentucky, on April 3, 1929, he was awarded the during the Korean War while serving with Company C, 27th
Infantry at Ohindong-ni, Korea, on September 19, 1950.
He was killed-in-action on that date and was
buried first in Korea. He was subsequently moved to Section 12, Grave 4637,
of Arlington National Cemetery.
COLLIER, JOHN W.
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company C, 27th Infantry Regiment. Place and date: Near Chindong-ni, Korea, 19 September 1950. Entered service at: Worthington, Kentucky. Born: 3 April 1929, Worthington, Kentucky. G.O. No.: 86, 2 August 1951.
Corporal Collier, Company C, distinguished
himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call
of duty in action. While engaged in an assault on a strategic ridge strongly
defended by a fanatical enemy, the leading elements of his company encountered
intense automatic weapons and grenade fire. Corporal Collier and 3 comrades
volunteered and moved forward to neutralize an enemy machine gun position
which was hampering the company's advance, but they were twice repulsed.
On the third attempt, Corporal Collier, despite heavy enemy fire and grenade
barrages, moved to an exposed position ahead of his comrades, assaulted
and destroyed the machine gun nest, killing at least 4 enemy soldiers.
As he returned down the rocky, fire-swept hill and joined his squad, an
enemy grenade landed in their midst. Shouting a warning to his comrades,
he, selflessly and unhesitatingly, threw himself upon the grenade and smothered
its explosion with his body. This intrepid action saved his comrades from
death or injury. Corporal Collier's supreme, personal bravery, consummate
gallantry, and noble self-sacrifice reflect untold glory upon himself and
uphold the honored traditions of the military service.
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins
Courtesy of the American Battle Monuments Commission
John W. Collier
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