Collier, Thomas W.



Collier, Thomas W.


Thomas W. Collier


William Vollano


Mr. Collier initially enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1944, but the Second World War ended before he would see combat. Interested in officer candidate school, Mr. Collier would be accepted into the United States Army and into West Point in 1948. Serving three tours of duty in Vietnam, Collier served with both Army Special Forces and the 1st Cavalry Division. After his retirement in 1972, Mr. Collier completed his graduate studies in history, and would teach history at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan for many years.

Exact Date

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Date Span

Service Dates: 1944-1946; 1962-1972
Dates of Service


Enlisted; United States Marine Corps; United States Army; 1st Cavalry Division; World War, 1939-1945; Korean War, 1950-1953; Vietnam War, 1961-1975; United States, Iceland, Germany, Vietnam; Lieutenant Colonel; Veterans; Oral History


Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Original Object Type

MiniDV Tape

Collection Location

018.VHP 1/32

Digital Object File Type


Date Digital File Created

October 2021

Run Time


Transcript Available


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Spatial Coverage

United States; Vietnam

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