December 17, 1922 (Norwalk, CT) – December 16, 1944; 21 years old
Last local address: 8 Reed Street, Norwalk
Enlisted on May 30, 1942
Service number: 18089618
Unit: 1st Cavalry Division, 7th Cavalry Regiment, Troop E
Born to Herbert T. Sr. [WWI veteran; spent 11 months as a POW] (1893-1961) and Olivia Bliss Collings (1899-1979). Herbert Jr. was their only child.
Norwalk High School Class of ‘39
Officially listed as Killed In Action by the U.S. Army on the island of Leyte in the Philippines.
From The Norwalk Hour January 29, 1945
PFC Herbert Collings Jr., 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Collings of 8 Reed Street, was killed in action on Leyte on December 16, it was revealed in a telegram from the War Department to his parents several days ago. PFC Collings cited several months ago for having wiped out a Japanese machine gun nest, was an honor student at Norwalk High School. He enlisted in the Army three years ago and had been in the Pacific Theater of war for two years without a furlough back to this country. He served in the U.S. Cavalry. Herbert Collings Sr., a well-known local dental mechanic, was a member of the famed Yankee Division during World War One. He was taken prisoner by the Germans at Seicheprey in April 1918 and spent 11 months in the prison camp. PFC Collings was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Collings. PFC Collings was a nephew of Walter R. Collings, a well-known real estate agent and captain in the United States Army Reserve. Walter Collings serves as chief air raid warden here.
Private Collings was originally interred in the Philippines and was later repatriated here on August 26, 1949. Buried in Fort Bliss National Cemetery, 5200 Fred Wilson Ave, El Paso, Texas; Section E, Site 9192. Photo from FindAGrave.com.
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