Collins, J. Lawton (Joseph Lawton)

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Joseph Lawton Collins (1896-1987) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. After his graduation from West Point in 1917, he commissioned with the infantry. He served with the American forces in Germany from 1919 to 1921. Between 1921 and 1931, he taught at West Point and the Infantry School. He graduated from Command and General Staff School in 1933 and the Army Industrial College in 1937. Upon graduation from the Army War College in 1938, he became an instructor there. In 1941, he left to serve as chief of staff of the Hawaiian Department. He made brigadier general in February 1942 and major general three months later. During World War II, he also commanded the 25th Division, from 1942 to 1943, and the VI Corps, from 1944 to 1945. He rose to lieutenant general in April 1945. His post-war assignments included Vice Chief of Staff and then Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, from 1947 to 1953, and U.S. representative on the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) military committee, from 1953 to 1955. In 1955, he assumed the position of Special Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Vietnam. He retired in 1956. His decorations included four Distinguished Service Medals, two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, and the Bronze Star. He authored the book War in Peacetime (1969). He married Gladys Easterbrook in 1921. His older brother, James Lawton Collins, achieved the rank of major general in the Army.

From the description of Collins, J. Lawton (Joseph Lawton), 1896-1987 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10580776

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referencedIn Norman D. Cota Papers. 1912 - 1961. Personal Papers
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creatorOf J. Lawton Collins Papers. 1914 - 1975. Personal Files
referencedIn John Foster Dulles oral history collection, 1964-1967 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Public Policy Papers.
referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Navy. 1941 - 2004. Moving Images Relating to Military Activities. 1947 - 1980. NATO AND SAC LANT CHANGE OF COMMAND
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection. 1964 - 1980. GENERALS OMAR N. BRADLEY AND J. LAWTON COLLINS RETIREMENT REVIEW, FORT MCNAIR, WASHINGTON, D.C
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referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection. 1964 - 1980. CONFERENCE OF DEFENSE LEADERS, QUANTICO, VIRGINIA
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection. 1964 - 1980. GEN. J. LAWTON COLLINS PRESS CONFERENCE, TOKYO, JAPAN
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection. 1964 - 1980. REVIEWS AND HONOR GUARDS, PERSHING HEIGHTS, TOKYO
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection. 1964 - 1980. NATO CONFERENCE, PALAIS DE CHAILLOT, PARIS, FRANCE
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection. 1964 - 1980. ARRIVAL OF GENERAL MARK CLARK, NATIONAL AIRPORT, WASHINGTON, D.C
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection. 1964 - 1980. PRESS CONFERENCE HELD BY GEN. J. LAWTON COLLINS, PENTAGON, WASHINGTON, D.C
referencedIn National Broadcasting Company, Inc., Collection. 1953 - 1962. Motion Picture Films. 1953 - 1962. INAUGURATION DAY, JANUARY 20, 1953
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection. 1964 - 1980. GENERALS OMAR N. BRADLEY AND J. LAWTON COLLINS RETIREMENT REVIEW, FORT MCNAIR, WASHINGTON, D.C
referencedIn General Records of the Department of the Navy. 1941 - 2004. Moving Images Relating to Military Activities. 1947 - 1980. CINCLANT AND SACLANT CHANGE OF COMMAND
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referencedIn Courtney Hicks Hodges Papers. 1904 - 1965. Photographs
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referencedIn Fox Movietone News Collection. 1957 - 1963. Motion Picture Newsreel Films. 1957 - 1963. Dwight Eisenhower Inaugurated President
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referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection. 1964 - 1980. WEST POINT SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION, WEST POINT, NEW YORK
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referencedIn Records of the Office of War Information. 1926 - 1951. Motion Picture Films from "United News" Newsreels. 1942 - 1945. YANKS HELP REPAIR FRENCH RAILROADS [ETC.]
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection. 1964 - 1980. Recommissioning of four ships, US Naval Station, Green Cove Springs, Florida ; Funeral of Robert P. Patterson, Washington, D.C.
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection. 1964 - 1980. PATTON M-48 TANK, CHRYSLER TANK PLANT, NEWARK, DELAWARE
referencedIn Hoyt Sanford Vandenberg Papers, 1942-1954, (bulk 1948-1953) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Records of the Office of War Information. 1926 - 1951. Motion Picture Films from "United News" Newsreels. 1942 - 1945. ALLIES WIN MYITKYINA AIRSTRIP [ETC.]
referencedIn Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. 1860 - 1985. Motion Picture Films from the Army Library Copy Collection. 1964 - 1980. NATO CONFERENCE, PALAIS DE CHAILLOT, PARIS, FRANCE
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Birth 1896-05-01

Death 1987-09-12

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