[courtesy of "Wamplerg"]
marker for Joffre D. Collier in Riverview Cemetery, East Stone Gap (Wise
Joffre, who preferred to be known as "J.D.," enlisted
in the Army at Richmond, VA on 17 October 1942.
On 29 October 1942, Pvt Collier was transferred from
Camp Lee, VA to Company B, 508th PIR.
Pvt Collier was wounded in action in France on 8 Jun
1944 and evacuated to a field hospital. He returned to duty on 4
Pvt Collier was appointed to Corporal on 1 November
1944 and to Sergeant on 4 September 1945.
Sgt Collier was wounded in action in Belgium on 7
January 1945 and returned to duty on 13 March 1945.
His military decorations include the Purple Heart with
1 OLC as well as the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Bronze Service
Arrowhead device, both awarded for action during Normandy, France
Campaign, 6 June 1944 to 9 July 1944