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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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Sgt B Nelson 63/67 - April 1, 2020

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

Robert Rivera - April 1, 2020

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 - April 1, 2020

Happy Birthday! God bless you

Michael L Pritchard - April 1, 2020

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. - April 1, 2020

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

Tom Golden - April 1, 2020

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!!!

Salute
Sgt. T. Golden

Lcpl Daniels - April 1, 2020

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)

james connolly - April 1, 2020

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

Joe Mendoza. - April 1, 2020

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

Charlie Schuck Sgt 989125 june 1944–Nov.1945 - April 1, 2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY I CELEBRATED MY CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY AUGEST 5 OF THIS YEAR.. ( I had a short tour in the USMC) SEMPER FI

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