Collazo, Ernesto, CSM

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Command Sergeant Major
Last Service Branch
Command Sergeant Major
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1978-1982, 11B10, 193rd Infantry Brigade/HHC
Service Years
1952 - 1982
Foreign Language(s)
Spanish
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
1932
 
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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Vietnam War/Consolidation II Campaign (1971-72)
Start Year
1971
End Year
1972

Description
This campaign was from 1 December 1971 to 29 March 1972.. The U.S. continued to reduce its ground presence in South Vietnam during late 1971 and early 1972, but American air attacks increased while both sides exchanged peace proposals.

In early January 1972 President Nixon confirmed that U.S. troop withdrawals would continue but promised that a force of 25,000-30,000 would remain in Vietnam until all American prisoners of war were released. Secretary of Defense Laird reported that Vietnamization was progressing well and that U.S. troops would not be reintroduced into Vietnam even in a military emergency. U.S. troop strength in Vietnam dropped to 136,500 by 31 January 1972, to 119,600 by 29 February, and then to 95,500 by the end of March.

During the last week of December 1971 U.S. Air Force and Navy planes carried out 1,000 strikes on North Vietnam, the heaviest U.S. air attacks since November 1968. Allied commanders insisted that it was necessary because of a huge buildup of military supplies in North Vietnam for possible offensive operations against South Vietnam and Cambodia. Stepped up North Vietnamese anti-aircraft and missile attacks on U.S. aircraft that bombed the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos also contributed to the decision. During January 1972 American planes maintained their intermittent bombardment of missile sites in North Vietnam and on he Laotian border and also struck North Vietnamese troop concentrations in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam.

On 25 January President Nixon announced an eight part program to end the war which included agreement to remove all U.S. and foreign allied troops from Vietnam no later than six months after a peace agreement was reached. The North Vietnamese and Viet Cong delegates rejected the proposal and insisted upon complete withdrawal of all foreign troops from Indochina and cessation of all forms of U.S. aid to South Vietnam.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1971
To Year
1972
 
Last Updated:
Aug 13, 2008
   
Personal Memories
   
Units Participated in Operation

I Corps/29th Civil Affairs Company

 
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
No Available Photos

  358 Also There at This Battle:
  • Adkins, Bennie G., CSM, (1956-1978)
  • Akridge, William, COL, (1966-2007)
  • Allman, Timothy, SGT, (1965-1973)
  • Baker, W.R., SFC, (1971-1984)
  • Ballard, David, SFC, (1971-1992)
  • Banta, Irvin, SGM, (1969-1992)
  • Black, Dean, SP 4, (1970-1972)
  • Bradley, Bobby, SGM, (1970-1994)
  • Brown, Calvin, SFC, (1958-1986)
  • Brown, Carnell, PFC, (1971-1974)
  • Campbell, John, COL, (1969-1994)
  • Carroll, Gordon, SSG, (1971-1978)
  • Carter, James, M/Sgt, (1970-2009)
  • Casteel, Vernon Wayne, CSM, (1970-2001)
  • Causey, Windle, MAJ, (1965-2009)
  • Cooper, Richard, MSG, (1970-1993)
  • Cope, William, 1LT, (1968-1972)
  • Cunningham, Ben, SP 5, (1968-1971)
  • Czerniejewski, DJ, SP 5, (1969-1979)
  • Deberry, Harold, CW5, (1968-2008)
  • Dedijer, Peter, CW3, (1962-1982)
  • Delaney, Michael, CPT, (1969-1973)
  • Dooley, Richard, CPT, (1970-1976)
  • Duke, Roger, SP 4, (1970-1976)
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