HOWARD W BANNISTER
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HONORED ON PANEL 23E, LINE 48 OF THE WALL

HOWARD WILLIAM BANNISTER

WALL NAME

HOWARD W BANNISTER

PANEL / LINE

23E/48

DATE OF BIRTH

07/06/1929

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LONG AN

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/11/1967

HOME OF RECORD

DELBARTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Mingo County

STATE

WV

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

BMC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR HOWARD WILLIAM BANNISTER
POSTED ON 7.6.2019
POSTED BY: K

Birthday

Happy angel birthday. My youngest is 21 on this. Day.
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POSTED ON 3.12.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of BMC Howard W. Bannister

Final Mission of BMC Howard W. Bannister
On July 11, 1967, the Mobile Riverine Force, a joint U.S. Army and U.S. Navy force seeking to prosecute contact with the Viet Cong, commenced operations in the Can Giouc district of Long An Province, RVN. U.S. Army elements of the 3rd and 4th Battalions, 47th Infantry, were landed along the Vang, Nui, and Chim Duoi creeks and to the west, two ARVN battalions were landed along the Rach Cac River. Late that afternoon, a B-40 rocket struck the Navy monitor M-112-1, hitting the conning station and killing instantly the boat captain, BMC Howard W. Bannister; six other persons, including the embarked river division commander, were wounded. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and U.S. Naval Forces, Vietnam Monthly Historical Summary, July 1967]
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POSTED ON 1.31.2018
POSTED BY: Aidan Bannister

I miss you Paw-pa

I never got to meet you but I hear a lot of things about you and you look just like my dad he's Howard William Bannister 3 it would have been nice to meet you great grandpa
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POSTED ON 11.10.2016
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR CHIEF BOATSWAIN'S MATE BANNISTER,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A BOATSWAIN'S MATE. IT BUGS ME THAT YOU DIED NEAR YOUR BIRTHDAY. WATCH OVER AMERICA. IT STILL NEEDS YOUR GRACE. VETERANS' DAY IS APPROACHING AND- SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER AND HONOR ALL OF YOU. MAY THE SAINTS AND ANGELS GUIDE YOU. REST IN PEACE
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POSTED ON 7.11.2016
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Silver Star Citation

Howard William Bannister
Date of birth: 6-Jul-29
Date of death: July 11, 1967
Home of record: Delbarton West Virginia
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star


Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Chief Boatswain's Mate Howard William Bannister (NSN: 9298744), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against communist insurgent (Viet Cong) forces, in the Republic of Vietnam, from 11 to 13 July 1967, while serving with River Assault Squadron ELEVEN during Operation CORONADO (CONCORDIA V). Assigned as Boat Captain on Monitor 112-1, Chief Petty Officer Bannister was commanding his boat in direct and close support of elements of the 2d Brigade, 9th Infantry Division. Early on the morning of 11 July, lead elements of Company A, 4/47th Infantry Battalion were pinned down by heavy enemy automatic weapons, recoilless rifle and small arms fire coming from enemy positions in a fortified tree line. Responding immediately, Chief Petty Officer Bannister skillfully maneuvered his monitor, and despite intense enemy fire, silenced the enemy position and allowed the army elements to advance. By early afternoon, as a result of similar contacts, Monitor 112-1 had succeeded in destroying a total of three bunkers and six structures lining the canal. Later, when called upon to provide direct support to Company B, 4/47th Infantry Battalion, Chief Petty Officer Bannister maneuvered his monitor down a narrow canal and took position near the shoreline on the flank of the company. He and his crew silenced the enemy positions one by one with .50 caliber machine guns and 40 and 20-mm. cannon fire. Later, Chief Petty Officer Bannister lost his life and six of his crew members were wounded when the monitor suffered a direct hit from an enemy B-40 rocket. His outstanding professionalism, sense of responsibility and inspiring courage under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Board Serial 10060 (November 15, 1967)

Action Date: 27-Sep-67

Service: Navy

Rank: Chief Boatswain's Mate

Company: River Assault Squadron 11
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