Remains of Soldier Killed in WWII to be Returned Home

The remains of a Sylacauga man killed during World War 2 will be returned to his hometown this month for a funeral with full military honors. The Department of Defense’s POW-MIA Accounting Agency says Army Air Force Second Lieutenant Jimmie D. Collins the Third was killed on June 21, 1944, when his plane crashed in the Netherlands after a bombing raid over Germany. His body was not recovered from the wreckage at the time, and it wasn’t until 1992 that the military learned that some of the remains of the crew might still be at the crash site. A Royal Netherlands Air Force recovery team excavated the site several years later, and Collins’ remains were identified using DNA samples from some of his relatives. He will be laid to rest on June 29 in Sylacauga in a private ceremony.


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