In Memory of
U.S. Army Sergeant Brookings, South Dakota
Brookings County

February 4, 1928 -- September 17, 1950
Killed in Action in South Korea


Frederick “Fritz” Joseph Collins was born February 4, 1928, in Elkton, South Dakota. He was born to Fred and Ruth (White) Collins. Frederick attended Brookings High School in his hometown of Brookings, South Dakota, graduating in 1946.

Frederick enlisted on August 15, 1946, in Brookings. His last visit home to Brookings took place in 1948, according to a newspaper clipping. Sometime after that, Collins went overseas as part of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.

While on active duty in Korea, Sergeant Collins was reported seriously wounded on August 12, 1950, in a telegram to his parents from the War Department. About two days later, he reported back to duty.

Army Sergeant Frederick Joseph Collins was killed in action on September 17, 1950, in South Korea.

Sergeant Collins’ body was returned to the United States, and he was buried with military honors at the United States National Cemetery in Ft. Snelling, Minnesota. He has been awarded with the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

I will remember the service and sacrifice of Sergeant Frederick J. Collins.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Amanda Goetz, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 12, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by South Dakota National Guard Museum, an application for South Dakota Veterans Bonus, and newspaper clippings. Memorial stone photo courtesy of Derek Groft. (P/S/F/A 6/28/04.)