Collins, LeRoy, Jr., RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1985-1990, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Command (CJSOAC)
Service Years
1956 - 1990
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Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
Florida
Florida
Year of Birth
1934
 
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Home Town
Tallahassee FL
Last Address
Burial: Call Family Cemetery (The Grove Plantation)
Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida, USA

Date of Passing
Jul 29, 2010
 
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Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins Jr. 1934 - 2010 
 

Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr., USNR (Ret.), 75, died Thursday, July 29, 2010, in Tampa, Fla.  A native of Tallahassee, Collins was born on September 3, 1934 to Mary Call Darby Collins and former Florida Governor LeRoy Collins. He graduated from Leon High School where he was an Eagle Scout and served as president of the studentbody. He then accepted an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated in the class of 1956, embarking upon a 34-year military career and retiring as a two-star Rear Admiral in 1990.  Admiral Collins served in the Navy for more than 10 years of active duty, beginning with a tour aboard amphibious transport USS Calvert (APA-32). He also served as an analyst for Naval Intelligence in Washington, D.C. and as a ballistic missile weapons officer aboard the newly commissioned nuclear powered fleet ballistic missile submarine USS James Madison (SSBS-627). He transferred to the Navy Reserves in 1966.  Admiral Collins is survived by his wife, Jane Sisson; children Carol Jane Collins Smith (Gregg), Helen Call Collins, LeRoy Collins III (Mary Ellen), and Edward Sisson Collins (Chaz), all of Tampa; and eight grandchildren Phillip Call Jacob, Virginia Darby Smith, Gregory Coyle Smith, Christian Alexander Ines, Sara Irene Ines, Katherine Grace Smith, Hannah Collins Smith and Ayden Elizabeth Collins. He is also survived by his siblings Jane Collins Aurell (John), Tallahassee, Fla.; Mary Call Collins Proctor (Palmer), Tallahassee, Fla.; and Sarah Darby Collins, Miami, Fla. and many nieces and nephews.  While a naval reservist, Admiral Collins served as commanding officer of the coastal minesweeper USS Thrush (MSC-204), and later as commanding officer of various Navy Reserve submarine units. He was the Navy’s liaison to the Florida National Guard, and later commanding officer of the Naval liaison unit at U.S. Readiness Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.  Admiral Collins also became a prominent businessman and civic leader in Florida. He was instrumental in the growth of electronic payment systems in the United States, starting with the introduction of credit cards in Florida and the Southeast. As the founder and president of the Armed Forces Financial Network, Admiral Collins pioneered the deployment of ATMs and point-of-sale devices in U.S. military installations worldwide, including major U.S. aircraft carriers. He also held several other positions, including founding president of Financial Transaction Systems, Inc. and a senior executive of Telecredit Service Center, Inc.  Rather than retiring, Admiral Collins mounted an unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2006. He was then appointed by Governor Charlie Crist as the executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, where he directed the state agency responsible for all of Florida’s 1.8 million veterans. Continuing his support of the military community, Admiral Collins also recently founded the Florida Veterans Foundation, Inc.  Admiral Collins also served in leadership positions of various organizations, most notably as president of the Tampa Kiwanis Club, a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, and a several term Vestry member at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. He also served on the board at Tampa General Hospital. At the time of his death, he was on the boards of the USS Victory Ship and the Collins Center for Public Policy.  He married the love of his life, Carol Jane Sisson, of Tampa, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in 1959, and the couple celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary in June 2010.

   
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
USS Calvert (APA-32)Center for Naval Intelligence (CNI)USS James Madison (SSBN-627)US Navy
Combined Joint Special Operations Air Command (CJSOAC)
  1956-1958, USS Calvert (APA-32)
  1958-1959, Center for Naval Intelligence (CNI)
  1963-1965, USS James Madison (SSBN-627)
  1967-1968, USS Thrush (MSC-204)
  1967-1968, USS Thrush (MSC-204)
  1985-1990, Combined Joint Special Operations Air Command (CJSOAC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1990-1991 Gulf War/Defense of Saudi Arabia Campaign/Operation Desert Shield
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United States Naval Academy
  1952-1956, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
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  Jul 29, 2010, Obituary: LeRoy Collins, Jr., USNA class of '56
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