J. Lawton Collins Photo

J. Lawton Collins

Born: May 1, 1896

Death: Sep 12, 1987

Birthplace: New Orleans

Nationality: United States

J. Lawton Collins

Date of Birth : May 1, 1896
Date of Death : Sep 12, 1987
Birth Place : New Orleans

Joseph "Lightning Joe" Lawton Collins was Army Chief of Staff during the Korean War. During World War II, he was an Army general, serving in both the Pacific and European Theaters of Operations. His elder brother, James Lawton Collins, was also in the Army as a major general. His nephew, Michael Collins, was the command module pilot on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 that put the first two men on the Moon and would retire as a major general from the Air Force.

Also known as


  • Joseph Lawton Collins
  • "Lightning Joe" Collins
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