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Joseph Lawton Collins

Joseph Collins was a career Army officer.

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b. May 1, 1896 - d. September 12, 1987

Joseph Collins was a career Army officer. He commanded armies in both the Pacific and European theaters of WWII, and rose to become the Army Chief of Staff from 1949-1953 during the Korean War. Collins actively worked to meet the manpower needs of the army, and to integrate the racially segregated troops.

General of 25th Infantry Division, US Army, 1942-1943; Chief of Staff, US Army, 1949-1953