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James Lawton Collins, American army officer. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star Citation (United States); Officer Legion of Honor, Croix de Guerre (France); Officer of Crown (Italy); Officer of Crown (Belgium); Grand Croix de l’Orde Honneur et Merite (Haiti). member General Staff, American Expeditionary Force, May-September 1918.


Collins, James Lawton was born on December 10, 1882 in New Orleans. Son of Jeremiah Bernard and Catherine (Lawton) Collins.


Student Tulane University, 1901-1903. Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1907. Army War College, 1919-1920, Command and General staff schedul, 1925-1926.


Commissioned Second lieutenant United States Cavalry, 1907, promoted through the grades to brigadier general, 1939. Second lieutenant, 8th cavalry, Fort Robinson, Texas, 1907-1910. With 8th cavalry, also aide-de-camp to General Pershing, Philippines, 1911-1913.

With 11th cavalry also aide-de-camp to General Pershing, Mexican Punitive Expedition, 1916-1917. Sailed for France with Headquarters American Expeditionary Force, as aide-de-camp to General Pershing, May 1917. Transferred to Field Artillery, June 1917.

Member General Staff, American Expeditionary Force, May-September 1918. Commanding 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery in Meuse-Argonne and march into Germany, October-December 1918. War Department General Staff, 1920-1924.

Representative War Department in India with British Army, January-May 1922. Military attache, Rome, Italy, 1928-1932. Commander 1st Field Artillery, School Troops, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, May-October 1932.

Assistant chief of staff 2d Corps Area, Governors Island, New York, 1934-1937. Attended coronation King George VI, London, as aide-de-camp to General Pershing, 1937. Commanding 6th Field Artillery, Fort Hoyle, Maryland., 1937-1938, 2d Field Artillery Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 1939-1940.

Appointed major general (temporary) October 1, 1940. Commanding 2d Division, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, October 1940-April 1941. Commander P.R. Department, April 17, 1941-1944.

Now commanding VII Corps Western Front.


Member General Staff, American Expeditionary Force, May-September 1918.


Married Virginia Caroline Stewart, December, 1915. Children: James Lawton (United States Army), Agnes Beattie, Virginia Stewart, Michael.

Jeremiah Bernard Collins

Catherine (Lawton) Collins

Virginia Caroline Stewart

James Lawton Collins (United States Army)

Agnes Beattie Collins

Virginia Stewart Collins

Michael Collins