About J.Lawton Collins
U.S. Army commander who was nicknamed “Lightning Joe” and became a hero at Guadalcanal and Normandy.
He graduated from West Point in 1917 and was sent to Germany to command a battalion.
He bravely led his unit at Guadalcanal through a line of enemy sniper fire. Likewise, in Normandy, he led a critical D-Day breakout.
He had a son and two daughters with his wife, Gladys.
His nephew, Michael Collins, piloted the famous Apollo 11 space mission that transported two men to the moon.
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