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Happy 100th Birthday, Marine! Semper Fidelis.

Happy 100th Birthday, Marine! Semper Fidelis. Admin |

Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) John Thomas Collier celebrated his 100th birthday today. Collier enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1940 and attended Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. During World War II, Collier served at the Battle of Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester. Following the war Collier returned to Parris Island as a drill instructor in 1945. In 1950, Collier deployed with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment and fought at the Chosin Reservoir. Today he lives just across the river in Beaufort, SC, steps from where his Marine Corps’ career started.

Semper Fi, Sgt. Maj. Collier!


Hey John were you the Gamble on the Midway who was also a poet?

Sgt B Nelson 63/67,

Happy birthday sgt major, you have gone above and beyond, a true hero in my eyes, but I know you would say you were just doing your duty, proud to share the title Marine with you, but we know the true heroes didn’t make it back, still you’re an inspiration to all Marines. Former col of the Marines R J Rivera 70/72

Robert Rivera,

Happy Birthday! God bless you

Antonio Muyco,

Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, and Chosin Reservoir.
My generation worships you and your old corps generation.
We owe everything we have to you.
USMC 1963-1967. Vietnam April 1966-June 1967. H&HS-1, Danang, Sgt.
Thank you!

Michael L Pritchard,

SEMPER FI. Thanks for your service. God Bless Lcpl Paul Alles. 2/3 Vietnam 68/69

Paul Alles.,

Happy Birthday Sgt Major…
You obviously are still going strong which underscores the wonder life that you have led. Having spent 9 years in the Marines, I salute you for your Service and for the Inspiration that you have provided as a DI to all the young recruits who you helped to train!!!

Sgt. T. Golden

Tom Golden,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! to a true Old Corps Marine. I love to meet Marines like you. You are the definition of Marine. Your are the definition of “Salty”. Thank you Sgt. Maj. Collier for what you have done for our country. Thanks for sharing this. I hope you enjoyed every minute of your birthday. GOD BLESS YOU.

SPENCE (2nd Tank Battalion Desert Shield and Storm)

Lcpl Daniels,

Happy Birthday SgtMajor;
and you are and were a blessing to our beloved Marine Corps
S/Sgt Connolly

james connolly,

Happy 100th, birthday to u marine, semper fi. ….

Joe Mendoza.,


Charlie Schuck Sgt 989125 june 1944–Nov.1945,

Wishing you a very happy birthday , may you have a whole more to come. Thank you for your service in protecting the United States of America. 100 years of life is a miracle in itself.

Nora jimenez,

Happy Birthday SgtMaj Collier!! Thank you for your service and the countless sacrifices you made, so that this nation could remain free. Semper Fi!

GySgt. K. Wolfe,

You Sir are a Marines Marine and my hat is off to You. Bless You and may the path You leave inspire all who know Your story. Happy Birthday Marine and
Thank You for your service, Semper Fi.

L/Cpl w. D. Dixon 5th Marines Vietnam 1968-1969.

William Dixon,

John Gamble, Sgt, Jul 1962-Nov 1966
A very Happy Birthday SgtMaj, Semper Fi to you. You are a great Marine.

John Gamble,

SEMPER FI and thank you for what you have done and stand for. Proud to be a brother to men like you!!!!

Sgt R C Patschke Viet Vet 67 to 70,

Have a great Birthday Sgt Major!………Semper Fi my brother……….

Sgt Court Conkwright,

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