Plymouth County

Pvt. Bob Collins



Was Paratrooper With The Seventeenth Airborne Division

Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Collins received word Friday that their son, Pvt. Bob Collins, was wounded in action in Germany, March 30th. Friday morning they received a short V-mail letter from Bob written April 14, and he wrote that he was in the hospital, but did not tell them the extent of his wounds. Friday evening they received the telegram from the War Department telling them that their son had been slightly wounded in action.

Bob was with the Seventeenth Airborne Division and had been overseas sinced the first of January. He entered the service shortly after his graduation from LeMars high school in May, 1944. He took his basic training at Camp Fannin, Texas, and then went to Fort Benning, Georgia, for his paratrooper training. Bob was a machine gunner in the same company Verne Yoch was in when he was reported killed in action.

Source: LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel, April 17, 1945