- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Private 1st Class
- Company L, 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division "New York", U.S. Army
- Awarded on:
- Awarded for:
- Operation Iceberg
" Private First Class Jess W. Collins (ASN: 6852821), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company L, 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 26 April 1945. Private First Class Collins' intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army."
Headquarters, U.S. Army Forces-Middle Pacific, General Orders No. 57 (posthumously)