Mister Merrill Collins

May 30, 2014

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Mister Merrill Collins, the Maryland Sergeant at Arms for the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club, died suddenly and unexpectedly on the eve of Rolling Thunder, May 24, while camping with his Red and Black brothers from the Vietnam Vets and Second Brigade Motorcycle Clubs.

Collins was born January 11, 1957 in Salisbury, Maryland and he served with the 82nd Airborne Division. He is respectfully and lovingly remembered by his club brothers. An officer in his club said, “You hear about brothers who in a time of need will give you one of the two dollars they have. Mister would give you both and the shirt off his back. He was a man, a biker, a Vietnam Vet and a proud member of the Red and Black. He was a brother.”

Mister Collins was a prototype engineering machinist at K & L Microwave, Inc. in Salisbury for the last 18 years of his life.  His friends knew him as a talented artist.

In addition to his club brothers, he is survived by his wife Beverly Ann; his son Stevie Mister Collins and his daughter in law Ashley; his grandchildren Autumn Nicole Truitt and Anthony Lee Truitt; three sisters, Brenda Smart, Cinda Allison and Cathy Helgeson; his five blood brothers, Jerry, Buddy, Gary, Hiram and Zeke; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may visit with Mister a final time this Saturday, May 31 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Short Funeral Home in Delmar. The family asks that kickstands be up at 2:30 for a procession to his home for a celebration of his life.

Instead of flowers, his family requests that memorial contributions be made in his memory to the Mister Collins Family Bereavement Fund at the Hebron Savings Bank.

Mister Merrill Collins was just 57. This is a better world because he was born into it.

Requiscant In Pace


37 Responses to “Mister Merrill Collins”

  1. TOBY Says:


  2. Ol'Goat Says:

    Rest In Peace Mister Merrill Collins

  3. Bev Collins Says:

    I would like to thank everyone who touched Mister’s life in any way to make him the man that I married and will love forever. Also, I would like to thank everyone who has helped myself and Little Mister through this horrible time in our lives. Thank you.


  4. Bev Collins Says:

    I would like to thank everyone for all of the love and respect that they have shown for Mister, and had touched his life in some sort of way to make him into the man that I married and will love eternally. I would also like to thank everyone that has helped Little Mister and myself through this nightmare. My sincerest love and respect to all. Thank you

  5. old boy Says:

    Love Honor and Respect. Condolences to family, brothers and friends.
    801 MC

  6. Paul Says:


    Condolences to those you left behind.

  7. Timo SPS HMMC Says:

    I would like to express our sincerest condolences and respects for the loss of Mister Merrill Collins. Much L&R

  8. Base Says:

    Sincere condolences to all his family & friends.

    Love, Honor & Respect

  9. SkinnyBill Says:

    From a fellow vet, my condolences to the family and his VNVMC brothers.
    Lexington NC

  10. rick3ree Says:

    From a young vet,
    I have nothing profound to say, no great words for your family and brothers, just a great respect for you and every man that served before me.
    hard true and honorable

  11. Malaki Greer Says:

    Mister came up to me during a Bike Night at Swelly’s. I had seen him around, but never “officially” met him. That night at Swelly’s he walked straight up to me and said “Hello brother. I’ve been seeing you around, but no one has introduced us. So I’M introducing us. I’m Mister.” He treated me like a long lost friend. I will never forget his attitude, positivity, and respect for all of those around him. Mister, I knew you for only a short period, but I will remember you for the rest of my life! Until we ride again, brother!

  12. Pigsty VNV MC Says:


    He was a simple man who thrived in a complicated MC world.

    I hope my Brother Iron Mike cleared up any questions about his

    Service to Our Country. There were no typo’s, just one omitted word

    which should have been Era between Vietnam and Vet.

    Now you can Rest in Peace my Brother.

  13. JUKE 1%er PMC Says:

    My condolences go out to Bev. and Little Mister!!
    And the VNVMC. Do to a good friend and member of the
    VNVMC. I was able to hook up with Mister after 15 years
    and celebrate his last Birthday with us. Mister and I have
    been through many tough times together and I will miss him
    dearly. So long my good friend till we meet again LAD.

    JUKE 1%er PMC

  14. docb Says:


    Late post, long weekend

    Condolences to you, and the other brothers, family, and friends of Mister Merrill Collins.
    R.I.P. G.B.N.F.

  15. Jim666 Says:

    Thank you Mike.

  16. RVN69 Says:

    I’ll see if I can’t get hold of him this week.


  17. Dutch Says:

    Want to send condolences for the loss of your Brother, Mister Merrill Collins.


  18. Jim666 Says:

    Mister Merrill Collins VNV M/C.
    Condolences to the VNVMC his family and friends.
    @ RVN69
    First of all Sincere Condolences on the loss of your brother.
    Not sure if you remember our talk about a very good friend of mine from Northern Va. “Big Bob he is in the bottom video at bottom of the article.
    at the end it list his name as “film guy extraordinaire ”
    If anyway you could get a message to him for me as I have lost his number and address Id really like to talk to him again. he looks like Santa Clause..lol we us to laugh about that.
    Thank you my friend . Rebel or anyone here that knows my e-mail can give it to you if you dont already have it.
    Thanks again.
    Respects Jim.

  19. FF Says:

    Condolences to his family, his Club Brothers, and friends.

    Frequent Flyer

  20. Done Says:

    The end seems more important to me (a Viet Nam “Era” Vet) than the means in the totality of things. With the help or proding of our Judicial System, I was given the choice of 2 years in the Auburn Correctional Institution or 2 years in the Marine Corps so at the age of 17 ( I too was born in the early months of 1957 ), I went to MCRD San Diego and 4 months later (1 month in MRP) The Base C.O. told us we were all now Marines. In retrospect, that was quite honestly the best day of my life. I suppose lots of service personnel served from 1959-1975 and while they never went “in country” were classified Viet Nam Era Vets. We certainly got the same G.I. Bill & VA benefits as anyone else who served then did. And, those VA benefits are another story for another time.

    The end of which I spoke was the fact that this Full Patch Club Member got to “Die With His Boots On” and of natural causes at that! The Viet Nam & Legacy Vets MC’s have been the targets of the Federal Government and lumped in the OMG heap as have so many other righteous Bikers which in my humble opinion earns them a certain respect reserved for the free thinking among us. Suppose a similar MC had a Hang Around who wanted to become a Prospect but served his entire stint either stateside guarding nuclear sites or in Germany or Korea. He was available for duty, just wasn’t assigned there. He signed that blank check redeemable with his or her life if necessary. No dishonor in that end. No Sir.

    RIP Mister, Sincere condolences to Brothers & Family.

  21. RtC Says:

    HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES to the RED&BLACK :( Ride In Peace in the Thunder
    RESPECTS to the REAL
    Redwolf the Conchoman

  22. Rebel Says:

    Dear Va. Bob,

    No it was not a typo. It was a stupid error and it was entirely mine. The story has been corrected.

    Nice catch.


  23. RVN69 Says:

    Seig & Dr. Sardonicus,
    The error is mine for not clarifying the information I sent to Rebel for this post. Brother Mister served in the 82nd during the Vietnam War and was therefore eligible for membership in the VNV M/C. Those that have served in the military and know what the USMC calls the “Fire Watch” ribbon will be able to differentiate between those of us who served in-country, and those that were Era vets. I hope this clears up any misconception.
    Mister was an Honorably discharged Vietnam Era Vet who became a leading brother and example in our club we and I will miss him greatly.

    Iron Mike
    Viet Nam Vets MC
    Chapter O
    North Carolina

  24. Paladin Says:


    The 82nd deployed to Vietnam 02/13/1968, in response to the North Vietnamese Tet offensive. The 82nd returned to Ft. Bragg on 12/12/1969.

    If Mr. Collins was born on 01/11/1957, he would have been 18 years old and eligible to enlist on 01/11/1975. U.S. diplomatic, military, and civilian personnel were evacuated from Saigon on 04/29/1975 in what was operation Frequent Wind.

    Long may You Ride,


  25. Dr. Sardonicus Says:

    I’m afraid you may have a point there Sieg.

    This may be stretching it, but there were a few guys who transferred from the 82nd to the 101st that were in Pleiku late ’71 I believe.

    No never mind, that doesn’t work either.

    I’m not touching this one…

  26. JMacK Says:

    Condolences and Respect to his Family and Brothers.



  27. Not Surprised Says:

    Condolences and respects to his family and club brothers.

    I would like to think that Mister Collins left this world doing what he loved. Surrounded by his brothers and on the eve of something that apparently meant the world to him.

  28. Sieg Says:

    RIP, condolences to family, friends, and Club Brothers.

    I’m mixed-up on something, maybe there’s someone here from the Golden Brigade that can straighten me out? Always thought the 82nd DEROS’ed in 1969, and didn’t go back in-country. No big deal, just a stray thought.


  29. Drifter Says:

    Thoughts and Sympathies to his Family and Friends…

  30. Va.Bob Says:

    That’s a typo, right? I was born in the Fall of 1957and graduated fro high school in 1975.Some of my classmates’ parents were CIA and had to be evacuated during the fall of Saigon that spring.It’s mathematically impossible for an 82nd in- country vet to have been born in 1957.I think the 82nd deployed to Nam in response to the Tet Offensive in ’68.

  31. SQUINT O CH.VNV/MC Says:

    To a great brother who will be greatly missed.But rides on in Thunder CHAPTER untill we can join him.My condolences to all his family.

  32. Phuquehed Says:

    My condolences also to all his brothers and his family.

  33. rollinnorth Says:

    Condolences to his family, his club and his friends.


  34. Panhead Says:

    R.I.P. Warrior.

    Love, Honor and Respect


  35. Paladin Says:

    Mister Merrill Collins, may you rest in peace. Condolences to those that loved him.

    Long May You Ride,


  36. RVN69 Says:

    Rest in Peace my brother, you were an example and inspiration to everyone who met you. You left us much too early, but at least you passed surrounded by brothers, you couldn’t have asked for better company. I’ll miss you brother, till we meet again in the Thunder Chapter.

    Iron Mike
    Chapter O
    Viet Nam Vets MC
    North Carolina

  37. Big Bry Says:

    R.I.P., condolences to his brothers and his family.

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