Collins Jr., Vernon V.

Vic Collins is a retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant and a native of Macon, Georgia. He entered military service in 1959 and served twenty six years on active duty. Vic has four children and three grand children and has lived in Huntsville since 1983. On February 25, 1971, Sergeant Collins was serving at Khe Sanh in the Republic of Vietnam with Battery B, 1st BN, 44th Artillery. On that date, he distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action against enemy forces attacking his unit with artillery fire. After he directed counter battery fire the enemy fire ceased. As he began a crater analysis of the final round, another barrage of enemy fire hit his position, wounding him. Disregarding his wound he ran to the nearest M42, known to soldiers as a “ Duster” , and returned fire upon the enemy until heavy enemy fire forced the crew to evacuate. He then ran through the bursting enemy fire to another “Duster” and while continuously exposing himself to hostile fire he again returned fire until the enemy fire was completely suppressed. For his actions, Sergeant Collins was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and the Purple Heart for wounds received