Banks, J.C.

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U.S. Navy

Name: J. C. Banks

Place of Birth: Mt. Vernon, Texas

Personal History: Plowed fields with Dad, played all sports. Mother died when I was 9. Joined Civil Conservation Corps. Became Diesel Mechanic and Sheet Metal Worker.

Place of Recruitment: Cedar City, Utah

Branch of Service: U.S. Navy

Class: E6

Military Occupation: Engineer

Service History, Stateside or Abroad: From August 20, 1940 to August 20, 1946
Naval Battles: Pearl Harbor 12-7-41, Coral Sea May 4 – 8, 1942, Midway June 3 – 6 1942, Guadalcanal – Tulagi Landings (including First Savo) August 7 -9, 1942 Eastern Solomons (Stewart Island 23 -2 5 August 1942, Santa Cruz Islands – 26 October 1942, Capture and Defense of Guadalcanal 12 November 1942, Guadalcanal (third Savo) 12 -15 November 1942.

Commendations & Honors: Navy unit commendation awarded USS Portland for action of 12 -13 November 1942, Good Conduct Medal for the period ending 19 August 1943, American Defense Service Medal with Fleet Clasp, American Area Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal with One (1) Silver star and Two (2) Bronze stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Present Location: Farmers Branch, Texas