Jack Arche Collins
Jack Arche Collins was born in Childress, Texas on January 22, 1920, the sixth of seven children of Shelly N. Collins and Volena (Lena) Welch Collins, of 810 Ave A SE.
Known as Arche growing up, he enlisted in the Army on October 30, 1940.Arche was inducted at Fort Bliss, Texas, on October 15, 1941. Six days later, on October 21, 1941, he took a short discharge to re-enlist in the Army Air Forces. Trained as an airplane mechanic at Sheppard Field in Texas, he departed for England on August 6, 1942, sailing from Staten Island on the U.S.S. Uruguay.
Working on B-17s, Arche served with the 301st Bombardment Group (Heavy), 352d Squadron, in North Africa from December of 1942 to December 1943, and in Italy from December 1943 to January of 1945.
He was demobilized on December 15, 1944, and arrived back in Childress on February 16, 1945. A week later, he married Nona Belle Reed, formerly of Childress, on February 22, 1945. He was honorably discharged at Fort Bliss, Texas, on July 31, 1945.
Arche and Nona settled in Childress and had two children, Terence James and Steven Reed. They moved from Childress in 1958, and from 1960 to their deaths they called Amarillo, Texas,home.
Jack Arche Collins died February 17, 2009, and is buried in Amarillo.