John Lawrence Banks, IIIFirst Lieutenant
29TH TRP CARRIER SQDN, 463RD TCW, 13TH AF
United States Air Force
15 October 1941 - 29 March 1966
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The database page for John Lawrence Banks, III
John L. Banks III was a member of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, USAF ROTC Det 420 during the mid 1960's. As a patriotic citizen, John was well respected and became a student leader during his college years. He was also a very active member of a social fraternity, Alpha Nu Omega. Upon graduation he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the USAF and departed for flight school knowing that he would ultimately be sent to Vietnam. However, his patriotism did not deter him from his obligation to serve his country. John was a pilot of a C-130 and gave the ultimate sacrifice on March 29, 1966. As a member of John's ROTC unit and the same fraternity, I will always remember the example he set for me and many others. May John rest in peace and always be remembered by his friends and fellow students as the brave man he was during a trying time in our country's history.
From a fellow ROTC student and fraternity brother,
Notes from The Virtual WallThe 29th Troop Carrier Squadron deployed from Forbes AFB, Kansas, to Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines, in response to the build-up in Southeast Asia. As with other PACAF transport squadrons, the 29th TCS went onto the rotation list for duty in South Vietnam. On 29 March 1966 C-130B tail number 61-0953 was deploying to RVN when it undershot the runway during a night landing at Pleiku Air Base. The crash killed three of the five crewmen aboard:
Thirty-seven months later, Defense Department News Release number 313-69 dated 23 April 1969 contained the following entry:
On 16 April 1969 Private David L. Banks, serving with H&S Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines was wounded by an accidental discharge while standing a bridge watch at Dai Loc, southwest of Danang. He was evacuated to the hospital ship USS SANCTUARY where he died on 21 April 1969.
John and David Banks are buried with their mother in the Greenwood Cemetery, Superior, Wisconsin.
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a fellow ROTC student and fraternity brother,
Gary L. Gilchrist
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 03 Dec 2006
Last updated 02/10/2008