William E. Collis was born June 17, 1924.

He was a Private with 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, U.S. Army.

On August 15, 1944, as part of the American 6th Army Group, the 36th division made an amphibious assault landing, against light opposition in the Saint-Raphael-Frejus area of Southern France as part of Operation Dragoon. A rapid advance opened the Rhone River Valley, and Montelimar fell on August 28, 1944. As a result large German units were trapped. Private William E. Collis was killed in action during this assault on August 25, 1944.

He was  returned from Draguignan-St. Raphael, France and is buried at the Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, Tennessee.

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