Collis, Harold Jay, 1stLt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1944-Present, 0302, Missing In Action
Service Years
1942 - 1944
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State of Birth
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Year of Birth
1917
 
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World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen


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Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Other Comments:
Body Not Recovered
  Silver Star
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Harold Jay Collis (MCSN: 0-20656), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Company Executive Officer attached to the Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division in action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu, Palau Islands on 4 October 1944. When one of the platoons of his company was attempting to withdraw from an untenable position and suffering severe casualties from enemy weapons which controlled the route of withdrawal, First Lieutenant Collis unhesitatingly exposed himself to the intense hostile fire to throw smoke grenades and provide an effective screen for the evacuation of the wounded. Completely disregarding his own personal safety he rushed into a fire-swept ravine and while working to remove casualties was himself mortally wounded. First Lieutenant Collins' splendid initiative and unselfish devotion to duty in the face of grave peril were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Action Date: October 4, 1944
   
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 Unit Assignments
USMC (United States Marine Corps)Officer Candidate School (Cadre)3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)Missing In Action
  1942-1943, 0100, Platoon Leaders Class (Cadre)
  1943-1943, 0301, Officer Candidate School (Cadre)
  1943-1944, 0302, 3rd Bn, 7th Marine Regiment (3/7)
  1944-Present, 0302, Missing In Action
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Peleliu
 Colleges Attended
Oklahoma State University
  1935-1939, Oklahoma State University
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