Retired Marine Corps Col. Eugene F. C. Collier, 87, a veteran of both world wars and a longtime Washington resident, died of congestive heart failure Friday in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Perry Point, Md.
Col. Collier received his Marine Corps commission in 1917 and saw combat with the 6th Marine Regiment in France during World War I. He was awarded a Purple Heart.
Between the world wars, he served aboard the battleship Mississippi, held a staff position with the Navy Department's war plans section, and graduated from the Army's Command and General Staff College and the Naval War College.
He served with the 4th Marine Regiment in China for over a year before returning to this country shortly before the United States entered World War II. He joined the First Marine Division in 1941 and was stationed in New Zealand and New Caledonia as a supply officer when the division invaded Guadalcanal.
Following the war, he commanded the 11th Marine Regiment in North China. He was an intelligence officer in Hawaii and Washington before retiring from active duty in 1949.
A resident of Washington since 1948, Col. Collier worked for the Clifton Corp., a Washington consulting firm, before retiring a second time in 1969.
Col. Collier was born in New York City and grew up there and in Washington. He was a graduate of McKinley Technical High School and attended George Washington University.
He was a past commander of Post No. 22 of the American Legion in Washington. He also was a member of Military Order of the World Wars and the Marine Corps Retired Officers Association. He was a neighborhood commissioner with the Boy Scouts of America.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Madelyn Watts, of Washington; a daughter, Patricia Eakle of Bethesda; two sons, Thomas, of Ann Arbor, Mich., and David, of Bradenton, Fla., and seven grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the First Marine Division Association Scholarship Fund, 1704 Florida Ave., Woodbridge, Va., 22191.