Bannister, Howard William, BMC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
BM-0000-Boatswain's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1966-1967, BM-0000, River Assault Squadron-11 (RIVRON-11)/River Assault Division 112 (RIVDIV 112)
Service Years
1946 - 1967
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Plank Owner
BM-Boatswain's Mate
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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1929
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Delbarton, WV
Last Address
Delbarton, WV

Casualty Date
Jul 11, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Long An (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
23E 048

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Order of the Golden Dragon Vietnam Combat Craft Crewmember Badge



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Petty Officer in Charge (Small Craft) Badge
First Class Diver Badge

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1946, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 140
 Duty Stations
Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)/NATTC (Faculty Staff)  MemphisUS NavyPacific Reserve Fleet (PACRESFLT) Stockton, CAUSS Boxer (CVA-21)
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operational Support Unit (EODOSU)/Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expeditionary Support Unit One (EODESU1)USS Fortify (MSO-446)Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD)NAS Key West/Weapons Department
SERE SchoolRiver Assault Squadron-11 (RIVRON-11)/River Assault Division 112 (RIVDIV 112)
  1946-1947, BM-0000, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)/NATTC (Faculty Staff) Memphis
  1947-1949, BM-0000, USS Atlanta (CL-104/IX-304)
  1949-1950, BM-0000, Pacific Reserve Fleet (PACRESFLT) Stockton, CA
  1949-1950, BM-0000, Pacific Reserve Fleet (PACRESFLT) Stockton, CA
  1950-1952, Broken Service
  1952-1952, BM-0000, NSY Brooklyn/Receiving Station (NRS)
  1952-1954, BM-0000, USS Boxer (CVA-21)
  1954-1954, BM-9595, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operational Support Unit (EODOSU)/Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expeditionary Support Unit One (EODESU1)
  1955-1956, BM-5342, USS Fortify (MSO-446)
  1956-1962, BM-5342, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operational Support Unit (EODOSU)/Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expeditionary Support Unit One (EODESU1)
  1962-1963, BM-9595, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operational Support Unit (EODOSU)/Explosive Ordnance Disposal Expeditionary Support Unit One (EODESU1)
  1963-1965, BM-9595, Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NAVSCOLEOD)
  1965-1966, BM-9595, NAS Key West/Weapons Department
  1966-1966, BM-0000, SERE School
  1966-1967, BM-0000, River Assault Squadron-11 (RIVRON-11)/River Assault Division 112 (RIVDIV 112)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1960-1967 Vietnam War
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (65-66)/Operation Double Eagle
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (66-67)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Notes from the wall: William Taylor
  ?You are Remembered? manny g
  Note from the Wall: Bill Frede
  You will not, be forgotten. David Butler
  BMC Howard W. Bannister Memorial Bridge
  Aug 26, 2012, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On 11 July 1967 TF-117 units were supporting Operation Coronado Concordia in Can Giouc District, Long An Province. At 0945, a claymore mine was triggered when T-112-4 dropped her ramp to land elements of A Company 4th/47th Infantry, wounding 7 sailors and 4 soldiers. Five minutes later, at 0950, river monitors M-112-1 and M-111-1 were hit by recoilless rifle rounds, but sustained no casualties and both boats continued their missions. The supporting boats continued to receive small arms fire throughout the day, and at 1620, T-112-7 received a B-40 round on starboard side of the bow ramp; no personnel casualties resulted. At 1758, M-112-1 took a B-40 round in the conning station, killing the Boat Captain (Chief Boatswain Bannister) and claiming six USN wounded in action. The monitor returned to the MRB for repairs and was back in the area of operation at 1700 on 12 July.
   
Comments/Citation

 
Name of Award
Silver Star

Year Awarded
1967
 
Details behind Award:
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON


The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the 
SILVER STAR MEDAL posthumously to
HOWARD W. BANNISTER 929-87-44
CHIEF BOATSWAIN?S MATE 
UNITED STATES NAVY
For service set forth in the following
CITATION

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action on 27 September, 67, while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against communist insurgent (Viet Cong) forces, in the Republic of Vietnam, from 11-13 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 2nd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division. Early on the morning of 11 July, lead elements of ?A? Company, 4/47th Infantry Battalion was 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 ?B? Company, 4/47th Infantry Battalion, Chief Petty Officer Bannister maneurvered 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 20mm 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 Navel Service.

For the President,
PAUL R. IGNATIUS
Secretary of the Navy
   
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