From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Collins '71

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: October 31, 1980

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

From the 1971 Lucky Bag:

Life & Loss

From the January/February 1981 issue of Shipmate:

LCdr. James Patrick Collins USN was killed in the crash of his Navy A-4 aircraft on 31 October 1980 approximately 85 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, Utah. Memorial services were held at the Airman Memorial Chapel of the Naval Air Station, Miramar, San Diego. Califomia, on 5 November.

Appointed to the Naval Academy from the State of New York, he was graduated with the Class of 1971. He completed flight training and was designated naval aviator in October 1973 and was assigned to Training Squadron TWENTY-FOUR as a flight instractor. Later he flew with Attack Squadron ONE TWENTY-TWO at Lemoore, Califomia. then deployed on board CORAL SEA with Attack Squadron TWENTY-TWO to the Western Pacific. In April 1979 he reported to Fighter Squadron ONE TWENTY-SIX at Miramar.

LCdr. Collins was qualified as an air combat maneuvering adversary instractor. and served as avionics division officer and aircraft division officer. He had been awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal.

He is survived by his parents. Mr. and Mrs. James A. Collins of Orchard Park. New York; and two brothers.

USNA 1971 lists him as an operational loss on October 31, 1980.

Memorial Hall Error

Memorial Hall has Collings; Lucky Bag has Collins. As the editor of the yearbook, suspect he spelled his own name correctly!

Class of 1971

James is one of 14 members of the Class of 1971 in Memorial Hall.