Collazo, Ernesto, CSM

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Last Rank
Command Sergeant Major
Last Service Branch
Command Sergeant Major
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1978-1982, 11B10, HHC, 193rd Infantry Brigade
Service Years
1952 - 1982
Foreign Language(s)
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Presidential Certificate of Appreciation

Command Sergeant Major

Seven Service Stripes

Six Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Vieques Island
Last Address
Pembroke Pines, Florida

Date of Passing
Mar 27, 2007
Location of Interment
Cementerio Municipal - De Vieques, Puerto Rico
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Vieques Cenetery

 Official Badges 

101st Airbone Division 1st Cavalry Division 3rd Infantry Division 4th Infantry Division

Drill Sergeant Badge Infantry Shoulder Cord USA - Republic of Korea (ROK) Combined Forces Command US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

Drill Sergeant Campaign Hat (Male)

 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Army Honorable Discharge (1984-Present) Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
Other Comments:

The Brave Are Many


A Brave Young Soldier crawls through a muddy trench along a line between good and evil.  The air he breathes burns his lungs.  His eyes strain to see her face.  And as the poisonous gas its grisly task done, rises toward the sky, his soul follows close behind.


A Brave Young Soldier marches through the Jungles of the Philippine Islands.  Head held high, back straight, eyes forward, courage strong and faith unbroken.  A death march to Bataan, endured.


A Brave Young Soldier survives the cruel and merciless hell War of Vietnam.  Now he fights another war from a bed in a VA Hospital.  A vicious microscopic demon devouring his body cell by cell.  A lifetime of dreams not yet realized, as he kisses his bride of some thirty years one last time.


A Brave Young Soldier lies face down in the sand of a far away land.  He is mortally wounded, his crimson blood soaked up by the desert.  His tears fall like shining bits of silver, falling not for the pain nor the fear of death.  As he cries he sees generations before him of Brave Young Soldiers reaching out their hands to welcome him home.  Fighting to resist the flight to heaven he cries, “Am I the last?”  As he passes from this life, he fears he's the last.  


“Form up lads” the Sergeant barks as the Brave Young Soldier takes his place among God’s Heavenly Honor Guard.


A Brave Young bride holds the folded flag, her heart broken and bleeding.  Blowing a kiss to her Brave Young Soldier one last time, she feels a kick from within her womb. “You will not be the last, my Brave Young Soldier.”  She whispers softly. 

John Vincent Prater
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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Small Bore Rifle

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1952, 2nd Battalion, 4th Training Brigade (Fort Leonard Wood, MO), 0000
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3rd Infantry DivisionARNG, Puerto Rico1st Battalion, 14th Infantry 1st Battle Group, 4th Infantry
2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry U.S. Army1st Battalion, 4th Infantry HHC, 1st Training Brigade (Cadre) Fort Jackson, NC
1st Battalion, 22nd InfantryArmy Garrison Fort Jackson, SC1st Battalion, 327th Infantry HQ, US Army Training Center (Infantry) Fort Dix, NJ
US Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) CourseBasic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School193rd Infantry Brigade
  1952-1953, 4745, 3rd Infantry Division
  1952-1956, 111.1, HHD, Puerto Rico Army National Guard
  1956-1959, 4745, C Company, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry
  1959-1961, 1745, HHC, 1st Battle Group, 4th Infantry
  1959-1961, 1745, 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry
  1963-1966, 11B10, Drill Sergeant School
  1965-1966, 11B10, HHC, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry
  1966-1968, 11B10, HHC, 1st Training Brigade (Cadre) Fort Jackson, NC
  1968-1969, 11G50, D Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry
  1969-1971, 11B10, Army Garrison Fort Jackson, SC
  1971-1972, 11B10, B Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry
  1972-1973, HHC, HQ Army Training Center (Staff) Fort Dix, NJ
  1973-1973, 11B10, US Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA) Course
  1974-1976, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1976-1978, 11B10, Army Garrison Fort Jackson, SC
  1978-1982, 11B10, HHC, 193rd Infantry Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Consolidation I Campaign (1971)
  1971-1972 Vietnam War/Consolidation II Campaign (1971-72)
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