About Brig. General James Lawton Collins Jr.
James Lawton Collins Jr. was an Army brigadier general and military historian who directed the Army's military history program for 12 years.
Collins, who lived in Washington, D.C., died of a pulmonary embolism at his country home in Middleburg, Va.
During a 42-year military career, Collins led a World War II artillery battalion of North Dakota National Guardsmen ashore at Utah Beach during the 1944 D-day invasion of Normandy. He later served in Korea and Vietnam.