A Life filled with promise
Richard was the best of America. Athletic, intelligent, compassionate, and fun-loving. He had big dreams and the willing spirit to pursue them. He enthusiastically embraced life and was eager to begin his military career.
Richard attended an Annapolis area private school, where he benefited from a rigorous curriculum and competitive athletic programs – soccer and lacrosse. He made friends easily and was a servant-leader among his peers.
On a church visit, one of the congregants told of having met Richard. Richard had volunteered to go on a field trip with a group of deaf students. She recalled how patient he was with the students and his willingness to go above and beyond to help others who were less fortunate than himself.
His college visit to Bowie State University (BSU) made attending BSU and joining their Army ROTC program an easy decision.
Richard thrived at BSU. During his four-years at Bowie State he became a well-educated, well-rounded young man. Montrose Robinson, head of Bowie State’s ROTC recruiting, described Collins as “a star, a model cadet,” adding that ” he excelled in physical training, and he was an excellent student. He wanted to be a general officer, and he had what it would take to be a general.” Richard was commissioned with his cadre of cadets May 18, 2017.
His absence was felt deeply at Bowie State’s Spring Commencement May 23, 2017 where he was honored.
At a September 15, 2020 BSU ceremony honoring the 2020 recipients of the 2ND Lieutenant Richard W. Collins III Leadership with Honor Scholarship, Richard received a posthumous promotion to 1ST Lieutenant.