Banister, Alan Boyd, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1957-1958, 112X, Portsmouth Navy Yard
Service Years
1928 - 1958
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
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Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Bersley H. Thomas, Jr. (Tom), SMCS to remember Banister, Alan Boyd, RADM USN(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Grant, Indian Territory
Last Address
York, Maine

Date of Passing
Nov 01, 1963
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 34, Lot 158-A (VW-12/13)

 Official Badges 

Office of the Secretary of Defense US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationMilitary Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesSubmarine Veterans of WW IIMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1928, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States [Verified]
  1945, Submarine Veterans of WW II
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Born in the Indian Territories, the 1928 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy spent most of his thirty-year career in the submarine service. He was awarded the Navy Cross twice for "extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of USS SAWFISH" in enemy controlled waters. During a six-month period in 1944, his "planned attacks against enemy shipping resulted in sinking ships totaling more than 15,000 tons and damaging shipping of more than 8,000 tons," and in sinking an enemy submarine, an "important enemy combatant unit." His "intelligent and skillful evasive tactics" and "experience and sound judgment," enabled him to bring his ship safely back to port after each encounter. He retired in 1958 while serving as Chief of Staff and Aide to Commander, Naval Base Portsmouth (NH). He resided in York, Maine until his death. 
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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Officer Badge
Command at Sea
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 6 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyAdvancement Schools and CoursesSubmarine School Officers Basic CourseNaval Education and Training Command (NETC) (Staff)
Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)Naval Submarine SchoolUSS Sawfish (SS-276)
CNO - OPNAVPortsmouth Navy Yard
  1928-1930, 116X, USS New Mexico (BB-40)
  1930-1930, 116X, Chemical Warfare School
  1930-1930, 117X, Submarine School Officers Basic Course
  1931-1934, 112X, USS S-13 (SS-118)
  1934-1935, 112X, USS S-17 (SS-122)
  1935-1935, 112X, Division of Fleet Training, Navy Operations, Navy Department
  1935-1936, 112X, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1936-1937, 112X, Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)
  1937-1938, 112X, USS S-20 (SS-125)
  1938-1941, 112X, USS R-2 (SS-79)
  1941-1943, 112X, Naval Submarine School
  1943-1944, 112X, USS Sawfish (SS-276)
  1945-1946, 112X, Submarine Division 31
  1946-1947, 112X, NAD, Fort Mifflin
  1947-1948, 112X, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1948-1949, 112X, COMSUBRON 4, COMSUBGRU 2
  1950-1952, 112X, Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)
  1955-1956, 112X, Office of the Chief of the Navy Reserve (OCNR) OPNAV N095, CNO - OPNAV
  1956-1957, 112X, CNO - OPNAV
  1957-1958, 112X, Portsmouth Navy Yard
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Submarine War Patrols
  1944-1944 Submarine War Patrols
  1944-1944 Submarine War Patrols
  1944-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1945-1945 Submarine War Patrols
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNational War College
  1924-1928, United States Naval Academy
  1949-1950, National War College
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