In Memory of
U.S. Army Private
Lorenzo W. Collins
Hamill, South Dakota
Tripp County
March 19, 1926 – March 5, 1945
Killed in Action in Germany

Lorenzo W. Collins

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 area.

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 payment.