Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
April 03, 1929 at Worthington, KY
Entered Service in the US
Army from Worthington, KY
19, 1950 at the age of 21
The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism on
September 19, 1950 at Chindoing-ni, Korea
While engaged in
an assault on a strategic ridge strongly defended by a fanatical
enemy, the leading elements of Corporal Collier's company
encountered intense automatic weapons and grenade fire. Corporal
Collier and three comrades volunteered and moved forward to
neutralize an enemy machinegun position which was hampering the
company's advance, but they were twice repulsed. On the third
attempt, Corporal Collier, despite heavy enemy fire and grenade
barrages, moved to an exposed position ahead of his comrades,
assaulted and destroyed the machinegun nest, killing at least 4
enemy soldiers. As he returned down the rocky, fire-swept hill and
joined his squad, an enemy grenade landed in their midst. Shouting
a warning to his comrades, Corporal Collier selflessly and
unhesitatingly, threw himself upon the grenade and smothered its
explosion with his body. This intrepid action saved his comrades
from death or injury.