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Name: James Quincy Collins
Rank/Branch: O3/United States Air Force, pilot
Unit: 80th TFS
Date of Birth: 04 July 1931
Home City of Record: Concord NC
Date of Loss: 02 September 1965
Country of Loss: North Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 210000N 1042400E
Status (in 1973): Returnee
Missions: 13+

Other Personnel in Incident: none

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK 23 March 1997 from one or more of the
following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with
POW/MIA families, published sources, personal interviews. Updated with
information from Col. Collins, USAF (Ret) 2010.

REMARKS: Released February 12, 1973

Colonel - United States Air Force
Shot Down: September 2, 1965
Released: February 12, 1973

Born 4 July 1931: Winnsboro, South Carolina. Reared in Concord, North
Carolina. Grammar and high school in Concord. Played football and basketball.
Drum major of high school band. Active in dramatics. Graduated 1949.

1949-1953: The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina. Graduate. Majored in
Business Administration. Drum major of Citadel Band, leader of Bulldog
Orchestra (dance band). Participated in religious activities.

June 1953: Entered USAF as 2nd Lt. Primary and basic training at Bainbridge,
Georgia and Laredo, Texas. Then to day fighter school at Nellis AFB, Nevada,
flying F-86E and F.

1954: Selected to be "Air Training Officer" at the new Air Force Academy at
temporary site, Lowry AFB, Colorado. Was first choir director at the Academy.

1956: Squadron Officers School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

October 1957: Toul Rosier AFB, France, flying F-100's.

January 1959: Assumed duty as aide to the Commander in Chief of USAFE (Air
Forces in Europe).

August 1959: Returned with General F. F Everest to Langley AFB, Virginia as
aide to Commander Tactical Air Command (TAC).

September 1961 Entered Command and Staff School at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

August 1962: Reported to George AFB, California for F-104 duty.                              

May 1963: Completed jump school at Ft Benning Georgia.                                 

January 1964: Checked out in F-105, Nellis AFB                                  

April 1964: Reported to Itazuke AB, Japan, then  to Yakota AB, Japan as flight
commander, then  Wing Weapons Officer. Volunteered to fly mission out of
Takhli, Thailand in F-105.                                 

June-Aug. 1965: Attended USAF Fighter Weapon School Nellis AFB, Nevada.

On September 2, 1965 I was shot down by flak over North Vietnam,
approximately 80 miles south west of Hanoi, and was seriously injured. My
left leg was broken above the knee in three places. Serious injury and
illness plagued me until late 1971. I'm fit as a fiddle now. I am estranged
from my wife and sons at the present time.

Message:  My greatest desire is to serve my country in the best and most
effective manner possible.  I feel deeply my obligation as a citizen of the
greatest nation the world has ever known, and I am concerned over what I
have seen since my return. Our nation has drifted from the path that has
made it great! We appear to be turning our backs on the principles on which
this nation was founded. Crime and corruption are rampant. To be on the
street after dark is risky business. Dope is as prevalent as "bubble gum"
and alcoholism is like a "common cold." The basic American unit, the family,
is being torn apart. The character and moral fiber of America is getting
soft! Where are we going, America? It is your responsibility and mine. It is
past the thinking stage. It is time to ACT!

Quincy Collins took his "Freedom Flight" at Randolph Air Force Base during the
30th Annual Freedom Flyer Reunion on 28 March 2003. His touchdown was met with
members of his family, friends and members of the 5560th "Chargin Cheetahs"
Training Squadron on the airfield.


Updated 11/2010



Quincy Collins was a 4th of July baby back in 1931. Raised in Concord, N.C., he graduated from Concord High School, attended The Citadel in Charleston, SC and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce in 1953. Quincy immediately entered the Air Force as a 2nd Lt. and began pilot training. 21 years later, he had accumulated over 3,000 hours of jet time with a Command Pilot rating and had flown all the jet fighters of the day.  He earned his Jump Wings at Ft. Benning, Georgia while a Flight Commander in an F-104 unit at George Air Force Base, California. He had an illustrious Air Force career, from opening the new Air Force Academy in 1955 as an Air Training Officer, to being the Aide to the Four Star Commander-In-Chief of U. S. Air Forces in Europe, to being shot down by the North Vietnamese Communist and spending 7½ years in prison cells in and around Hanoi.

Quincy retired as a full Colonel in 1974, ran for Congress in the 7th District of Georgia in 1974 and again in 1976.  He has since been involved in insurance, was the General Sales Manager for 4½ years at Arnold Palmer Cadillac and was President of his own marketing firm in Charlotte.  For 22 years he has been a commercial and industrial real estate broker and is now Senior Vice President of Southern Real Estate in Charlotte.  He is married to Catherine, his wife of 30 years.  She has 3 daughters and Quincy has 3 sons.  They have 12 grandchildren - triplet girls (17 yrs.), boy/girl twins (13 yrs.) and four grandsons and three granddaughters, ages 1 to 12.

Quincy is very involved in the Charlotte community through his civic and political activities.  He is a Deacon and Stephen Minister at Myers Park Presbyterian Church and has served on the Boards of The Carolinas Carrousel Parade, the Carolinas Concert Association, the Board of Charlotte’s Friendship Trays, was President of “The Collector’s Circle” of the Mint Museum, and now serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Museum of History.  He is the founder and past Chairman of the Carolinas Freedom Foundation and is now Chairman of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg World War II Memorial Foundation.  He was a candidate for Charlotte City Council in 1995.  In 1999 Quincy was President of the Citadel Alumni Association headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina.  The Colonel was recently designated a “Distinguished Graduate” by his Alma Mater. 

He is a 10-year member of the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Club of the Charlotte Commercial Board of Realtors and has become a member of the Ten Million Dollar Club for three years in a row.  In 2003 The Board of Realtors, for only the second time in their history, awarded Quincy their coveted “Realtor Citizen of the Year Award” for his contributions to the betterment of the community and for outstanding public service in the Charlotte Region.  He also is recognized as one of the top Commercial Real Estate Producers in the Charlotte Region and has achieved the SIOR designation awarded by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, an international association of professional commercial real estate brokers.  General Shelton, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, asked Quincy to serve on the Board of the “Shelton Leadership Initiative” at N.C. State University, and he has been selected to join the South Carolina State Guard Foundation Board to advise the South Carolina Adjutant General on military matters.  Quincy also serves on the Boards of the USO and Operation Homefront for the State of North Carolina.  The Carolinas Freedom Foundation and its founder, Col. Quincy Collins, have been awarded the 2009 World Citizen Award by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte.  In 2010, The Charlotte City Club has selected Quincy to be a Charter Member of their “Society of ‘47”, recognizing him as an outstanding community leader.


His military awards include:

2 Silver Stars 
2 Purple Hearts
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal 

2 Air Medals
POW Medal 
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal

J. Quincy Collins, Jr.

4641 Mullens Ford Rd.

Charlotte, NC 28226

(704) 364-1287 (Home)

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