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, 193rd Infantry Brigade/HHC
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
This Military Service Page was created/owned by John Prater (USN SCPO/E-8/Retired)-Family to remember Collazo, Ernesto (Ernie), CSM USA(Ret).

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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 

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

Drill Sergeant Badge 101st Airbone Division 1st Cavalry Division 3rd Infantry Division

4th Infantry Division

 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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   1952-1953, 4745, 3rd Infantry Division

Private First Class
From Month/Year
May / 1952
To Month/Year
April / 1953
3rd Infantry Division Unit Page
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 3rd Infantry Division Details

3rd Infantry Division
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Last Updated: Jun 12, 2018
Memories For This Unit

Other Memories
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Korea) 1952-1953 Korea Summer-Fall 1952 Third Korean Winter Korea Summer-Fall 1953

My Photos For This Unit
CSM Ernesto Collazo Photos
CSM Ernesto Collazo Photos
37 Members Also There at Same Time
3rd Infantry Division

Bolen, German, PFC, (1951-1952) IN 4745 Private First Class
Musgrove, Charles Maywood, Cpl, (1952-1953) IN 4745 Private First Class
Davis, Frankie Lee, Pvt, (1952-1953) IN 4745 Private
Rose, Robert, SFC, (1948-1952) IN 111.10 Sergeant First Class
Schultz, Michael, SSG, (1952-1955) IN 111.1 Staff Sergeant
Lupyak, Joseph, CSM, (1951-1980) IN 1745 Technical Sergeant
Tatarakis, George Guerrero, Sgt, (1947-1952) IN 111.10 Sergeant
Wilkinson, Billie Weldon, SFC, (1952-1968) IN 1812 Sergeant
Isbell, Richard, Cpl, (1950-1952) IN 111.10 Corporal
Rader, Lyle, Cpl, (1951-1953) IN 111.10 Corporal
Adkins, Virgil Boyd, Pvt, (1952-1953) IN 1745 Private
Ridings, Eugene, MG, (1923-1958) USA 00GC Major General
Stilwell, Richard, GEN, (1934-1976) IN 1542 Colonel
Guthrie, John Reiley, GEN, (1942-1981) FA 1193 Captain
Rheault, Robert B., COL, (1946-1969) IN 1542 Captain
Lee, Robert Edward, COL, (1953-1985) IN 1542 Second Lieutenant
Takagi, Henry, MSG, (1944-1966) AG 716.10 Sergeant First Class
Bracker, Richard, S/Sgt, (1952-1954) AG 1213 Staff Sergeant
Smith, Gale, S/Sgt, (1953-1955) AR 3795 Sergeant
Laboy-Ortiz, Ernesto, SSG, (1942-1968) TC 4345 Corporal
Therkelsen, Donald Arthur, Cpl, (1952-1953) MD 3666 Corporal
Thibeault, Eugene, 1SG, (1949-1973) [Other Service Rank]
Canham, Charles D. W., MG, (1919-1960) Major General
Singlaub, John Kirk, MG, (1943-1978) Major
Stannard, John Edward, BG, (1940-1975) Captain
Ahrens, Kevin, SP 4, (1983-1987) Specialist 4
Cox, Martin, SFC, (1948-1966) EN Private First Class
Miyamura, Hiroshi, S/Sgt, (1944-1953) Sergeant
Schermerhorn, Vernon, Sgt, (1951-1952) FA Sergeant
Negron Martinez, Juan, MSG, (1948-1971) Master Sergeant
Gates, Roland Lee, PFC, (1952-1953) Private First Class
3rd Infantry Division G2

Furuya, Henry, COL, (1951-1981) MI 9301 Colonel
HHC 3rd Infantry Division

Waddoups, Donald Lamar, PFC, (1952-1952) IN 4745 Private First Class
Kelly, Francis, Cpl, (1950-1953) TC 4345 Private
HQ & HQ Battery

Gallmeyer, Richard R., M/Sgt, (1952-1989) SC 4740 Sergeant
HQ, 3rd Infantry Division

Casey, Hugh Boyd, MAJ, (1943-1952) 2030 Major
Seal, Byron, S/Sgt, (1951-1954) Corporal

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