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James Collins '71

Date of birth: October 17, 1949

Date of death: October 31, 1980

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1971 Lucky Bag:


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, California, 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 instructor. Later he flew with Attack Squadron ONE TWENTY-TWO at Lemoore, California, 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 instructor, 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.

He has a marker in New York.

Class of 1971

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