VETERAN OF THE WEEK: J. TOM COLLIER

in Military by

Beaufort’s J. Tom Collier, 101, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1940 in Eastover, S.C. He served in World War II in the Pacific, escaping from a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in the Philippines in a homemade raft and ending up in Australia.

Collier also served in Korea, making the landings at Inchon on Sept. 15, 1950 and fighting at the Chosin Reservoir. Later he was a Drill Instructor at Parris Island and a recruiter. He retired in 1964 as a Sergeant Major.

– Compiled by John Chubb, American Legion Post 9. 

For nominations, contact jechubb1@gmail.com.