VINCENT N BANKS
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HONORED ON PANEL 31W, LINE 63 OF THE WALL

VINCENT NORVELL BANKS

WALL NAME

VINCENT N BANKS

PANEL / LINE

31W/63

DATE OF BIRTH

10/17/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/26/1969

HOME OF RECORD

ROCK HILL

COUNTY OF RECORD

York County

STATE

SC

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR VINCENT NORVELL BANKS
POSTED ON 2.26.2012
POSTED BY: A Marine

Semper Fi

Semper Fi, Marine.
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POSTED ON 5.9.2007
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

PFC Vincent Banks, USMC

PFC Vincent Banks, USMC

MCRD Parris Island, SC

Third Battalion
Platoon 373

SDI - SSGT R.E. Dudley
JDI - SGT L.J. Romero
JDI - CPL J.E. Pomeroy

Semper Fidelis, Marine!
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POSTED ON 5.8.2007
POSTED BY: Jim McIlhenney

The Evening Herald - March 6, 1969

MARINE BANKS 'WAS A NICE, QUIET YOUNG MAN'

By CAMMY HAIR
Herald Staff Writer

ROCK HILL - "He's been dead a week
today," said Vincent Banks' "baby" sister,
Evelyn.
Marine Pfc. Vincent Banks, 20-year-old son
of Mrs. Catherine Campbell, her only son, was
killed in Vietnam in Quang Nam Province.
Feb. 26. The cause of his death is described in
a telegram as "...fragmentation wounds to
the head sustained on a search and clear mis-
sion." A letter of detailed information will fol-
low, a Marine representative told her.
The family lives on a dirt road off Hwy. 5
in a house surrounded by the quiet of a cotton
field in winter. Chickens wander brazenly in
and out of the screened porch. Only an old
Chevrolet station wagon and a wisp of smoke
indicate that people are inside. Six of them sit
around a stove; a morning quiz program
drones in the background.
Vincent and his three sisters were reared in
Washington by their mother, who was a wid-
ow.
After she married their step-father, Courtney
Campbell, who was working in construction in
Washington, they moved back to his home in
Rock Hill. They have lived here five years.
Vincent graduated from Emmett Scott High
School and worked at the Discount Super-
market for more than eight months as a gen-
eral helper and stock boy.
"He was a nice, quiet young man. Every-
body here liked him. Everbody," said his
boss, R.G. Smith.
"He was a good boy," said his mother,
"and not just because he was mine."
While he was working at the supermarket,
Vincent contracted spinal meningitis and spent
two weeks in Chester County Hospital.
"We caught it in the early stages. The doc-
tor said if we waited even 24 more hours,
it might have been fatal," said his mother.
He enlisted in the Marines, passed the physi-
cal and went to Parris Island in June.
He told the Chappells, owners of the Banks'
house, that he thought he ought to go into the
Marines. "I'm a man, I can take it over
there."
"He wanted to be in either the Marines or
the Air Force. He thought they were the best
branches of service," said his mother.
After basic training at Parris Island, he
went to Camp Lejeune. Three months ago, he
left for Vietnam.
He was stationed on the USS Tripoli, which
patroled the shores of Vietnam.
According to his mother, he was on and off
ship. "In the last letter we got, he said he was
back on ship," said his mother.
The Marine representative notified the fami-
ly Monday before the telegram arrived.
"I guess I'll have to get used to it," said
Mrs. Campbell.
"You never can. You never will," said her
husband. He was dressed in new overalls, lean-
ing back into the old sofa.
Banks will be buried in Arlington National
Cemetery with his father and grandfather.
His survivors include his mother; three sis-
ters, Mary E. Banks of Washington, Miss
Evelyn Banks and Mrs. Dolores Evans of the
home.

Semper Fidelis, Marine!
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POSTED ON 2.11.2005
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Vincent is buried at Arlington Nat Cem.
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POSTED ON 2.26.2004
POSTED BY: Donald Lytle

Thank you PFC Vincent Norvell Banks

I want to thank you Vincent Norvell Banks, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!

Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Marine, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!

Again, although we never met personally, thank you PFC Vincent Norvell Banks, for a job well done!

REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY MARINE FRIEND


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