Born: Aug. 1, 1994 in Wisconsin
Died: Oct. 5, 2013 in Helmand, Afghanistan
Lance Cpl. Jeremiah M. Collins, Jr., of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jeremiah was raised by his mother. He decided in his teens that he preferred to be called Terry, for reasons best left unsaid. He was a person that would push to keep going, he would not let anything knock him down. He graduated from Milwaukee’s Hamilton High School in 2012, and then entered the Marine Corps. His mom felt his attitude about it was more about showing people that he could be something great. Jeremiah transformed his physical being into a muscular strong young man. He was very physically fit with incredible strength. He graduated boot camp with a 300 PFT (physical fitness test) which is the highest score possible. He himself wrote “Nobody tries anymore. What happened to effort and dedication? We are all just living to live, but not really living at all.” Jeremiah encouraged those he knew to get fit, and even offered himself as a motivator. His plans for the future were to either be a career Marine or to become a personal trainer while going to college then onto a career as a gym teacher. He had written his motto out on his Facebook page on September 5, 2013, “I am an American fighting in the armed forces which protect my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.” Deployed to Afghanistan he was assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He was an intelligence Specialist. He died on October 5, 2013, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, at the age of 19. His death is under investigation. Jeremiah’s mother had his remains cremated.