In Memory of
Army Sgt.
Wayne C. Collins
Elk Point, SD
Union County
June 30, 1918—February 27, 1945
Killed in Action, in Germany

Wayne C. Collins

Wayne C. Collins was born on June 30, 1918, in Charter Oak, Iowa. His mother was Mrs. Sena Collins, and his sisters were Viola, Verna and Rosella. Wayne’s hometown was Elk Point, South Dakota. Wayne attended the Elk Point School where he graduated in 1936; Wayne was a single man with no wife or children.

 Wayne volunteered for the service and left Elk Point March 20, 1941. He was sent to Ft. Meade, South Dakota, where he trained for two years and was assigned to the Fourth Calvary. He then was sent to camps in California and Texas. In December 1943, he was sent overseas and was assigned to the Twenty-fourth Calvary. He went through France, Belgium, and into Germany. He was in France on D-Day and also served in Belgium and Germany.  He was killed in the vicinity of Duereen, Germany.

The survivors at the time of his death were his mother and three sisters, Mrs.Verna Rosenbaum, of Elk Point and Mrs.Viola Lacy and Mrs. Rosella Tindeland of Sioux Falls.

We liked this project because we found some information on our soldier and WWII. We learned about where Wayne Collins was born and died. We learned about his military career and where he died. We had fun learning about our soldier and how he fought for our freedom. 

This entry was respectfully submitted by Josh Rupp and Casey DeBuhr, 8th Grade Elk Point Middle School, Elk Point, South Dakota, March 1, 2002. Beverly Terrill, a niece, of North Sioux City, South Dakota, provided the information.