KIA May 19, 2007
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Assigned to 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska
Died May 19, 2007 of wounds sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire in Hamiyah, Iraq.
After graduating from high school in 2005, Ryan worked for his stepfather before deciding to join the military in the Fall 2005. According to his friends, he loved the military and had decided to make it his career. Ryan was well known in his small town as a caring and giving person. He had been set to come home on leave around the second weekend in May, but let another soldier who had a newborn take that leave instead. Collins was then set to come home on leave around Memorial Day weekend.
When arriving in Iraq, Ryan began wearing his nametag upside down in battle. Even though he repeatedly got reprimanded for his, when asked by his mother why, he replied, “In case the worst should happen, I want God to be sure to take the right “Collins”.
CPL Ryan D. Collins was 20 years old from Vernon, Texas
Original portrait was presented July 7, 2008 to his mother, Danita, during a private ceremony in their Vernon, Texas home
Sponsored for family by:
William Holmes, Midland, TX