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James F. Collins; Retired General, Ex-Red Cross Chief

James F. Collins, 83, a retired four-star Army general who was president of the American Red Cross from 1964 to 1970 at the height of the Vietnam War. A West Point graduate, Collins fought in the South Pacific during World War II and was commanding general of an artillery corps at war’s end. He taught at the Command and General Staff School and at the Army War College and in 1954 was named head of Army forces in Alaska. Later he became commander in chief of all Army Pacific forces. After his retirement, Collins took over the Red Cross and was credited with broadening its services in the Far East in general and Vietnam in particular. In Washington last Sunday of prostate cancer.


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