Happy 100th Birthday, Marine! Semper Fidelis.

Happy 100th Birthday, Marine! Semper Fidelis.

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!

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45 comments


  • Sgt B Nelson 63/67

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


  • Robert Rivera

    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


  • Antonio Muyco

    Happy Birthday! God bless you


  • Michael L Pritchard

    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!


  • Paul Alles.

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


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