John Collier was born Oct. 2, 1919, in Oregon. His father, John J. Collier, was a horse doctor, and his mother, Mabel (or Mable) Luman Collier, a homemaker. She died in Twin Falls, Idaho, of a ruptured appendix when the boy was eight.
By at least the late 1930s the son lived on a farm between Hebo and Cloverdale in northwest Oregon. He graduated from Nestucca High in Cloverdale in 1939. His father died in January of that year.
Young Mr. Collier signed a military registration card, probably in 1940, that said he worked for a dairy farmer in Tillamook County. He enlisted in the Navy on Nov. 11, 1940.Mr. Collier was a fireman second class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Sources: American Falls (Idaho) Press; Pacific City (Oregon) Sun; Idaho death certificate; Navy muster roll; Census; military registration card; family and military history of Eugene D. Hayden; Oregon death index. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.