In Memory of
U.S. Army Private
Lorenzo W. Collins
Hamill, South Dakota
March 19, 1926 – March 5, 1945
Killed in Action in Germany
Lorenzo W. Collins was born to Wellman and Victoria Collins of Dixon, South
Dakota, on March 19, 1926. Lorenzo grew up around Hamill, South Dakota. He had
two brothers, Vernon and Stanley. Before he was inducted into the service,
Lorenzo was a student at Hamill Public School and worked “at odd jobs” in the
Lorenzo Collins entered active service on August 31, 1944, at Fort Snelling,
Minnesota. Pvt. Collins was with the Headquarters Company, Combat Command “B,”
Eighth Armored Division. He left the United States on January 31, 1945.
Private Lorenzo Collins died in Germany on March 5, 1945, due to wounds
received while fighting. His brother, Vernon, was a Captain stationed in
England at the time of Lorenzo’s death.
I will remember how Lorenzo Collins helped out the United States and
sacrificed his own life so that we could remain free.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Newley T. Kartak, 7th
Grade, Colome Jr. High, Colome, South Dakota, April 1, 2002. Information for
this entry was provided by Kay Ducheneaux, Veterans Service Officer in Tripp
County and by newspaper clippings and an application for a SD veteran’s bonus