Banks, William, MMCS

Machinists Mate
 
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
MM-4291-Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Mechanic
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1985-1989, MM-4291, Naval Sea Support Center Pacific (NAVSEACENPAC)
Previously Held NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
MM-4204-Steam Propulsion Maintenance Supervisor
MM-4505-Steam Propulsion Maintenance Supervisor
MM-4295-UNREP Equipment Mechanic
Service Years
1960 - 1989
MM-Machinists Mate
Seven Hash Marks

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Shellback


 Military Association Memberships
Chapter 2Post 2111, Robert H. Scholer PostUSS Coral Sea (CVA-43) Association
  1990, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 2 (Member) (San Diego, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1996, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 2111, Robert H. Scholer Post (Member) (Chula Vista, California) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2003, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) Association [Verified]


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Started a towing company. BILL'S GOING TOWING Inc
   
Other Comments:

The Snipes Lament
Now each of us from time to time, has gazed upon the sea,
and watched the warships pulling out, to keep this country free.
And most of us have read a book; or heard a lusty tale,
about the men who sail these ships, through lightin', wind and hail.

But there's a place within each ship, that legend fails to teach,
it's down below the water line; and takes a living toll;
a heated metal living hell,
that sailors call 'the hole".

It houses engines, ran by steam; that makes the shaft go 'round.
A place of fire, noise and heat, that beats your spirits down.
Where boilers are the hellish heart, with blood of angry steam,
are molded gods without remorse, and nightmares in a dream.

The roaring fires pose a threat, like living life in doubt,
for any minute without scorn, could escape and crush you out.
Where turbines scream like tortured souls, alone and lost in hell,
with orders from somewhere above, they answer every bell.

The men who keep these fires lit, and make the engines run,
are strangers to the world of light, and rarely see the sun.
They have no time for man or God, no tolerance for fear;
their aspect pays no living thing, the tribute of a tear.

There is little that men can do, that these men haven't done,
beneath the decks, deep in the hole, to make the engines run.
And every hour of every day, they keep their watch in hell,
for if the fires ever fail, their ships' a useless shell.

When ships converge, to have a war, upon an angry sea,
the men below just grimly smile, at what their fate might be.
They're locked below, like men 'for doomed, who hear no battle cry.
It's well assumed that if they're hit, the men below will die.

For every day's a war down there, when the gages all read red
twelve-hundred pounds of heated steam can kill you mighty dead.
So if you ever write their son's, or even try to tell their tale,
the very words will make you hear, the fired furnace wail.

These "Men of steel" they are the best, though the public never gets to know.
So little's known about the place that sailors call the hole.
But I can sing about this place, and try and make you see,
the hardened life of men down there, 'cause one of them is me.

I've seen those sweat soaked heroes fight, in superheated air,
to keep the ship alive and right, though no one knows they're there.
And thus they'll fight for ages on, 'till steamships sail no more,
amid the boilers mighty heat and the turbines hellish roar.

So when you see a ship pull out, to meet a warlike foe,
remember faintly, if you can, the men who sail below.

                                                                                     
                                                                                      Author Unknown
 
   
   

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Surface Warfare Enlisted Badge

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1960, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA), 0051
 Duty Stations
USS Coral Sea (CV-43)USS Arcadia (AD-23)NAVFAC BarbadosUSS Boston (CAG-1)
USS Springfield (CLG-7)Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)/NATTC (Faculty Staff) Lakehurst, NJUSS Meredith (DD-890)NAVSTA Treasure Island
USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37)USS Marvin Shields (FF-1066/DE-1066)USS Tarawa (LHA-1)USS Dixie (AD-14)
Naval Sea Support Center Pacific (NAVSEACENPAC)USS Robison (DDG-12)USS Acadia (AD-42)
  1961-1965, USS Coral Sea (CV-43)
  1965-1966, USS Arcadia (AD-23)
  1966-1967, NAVFAC Barbados
  1967-1967, USS Boston (CAG-1)
  1967-1968, MM-0000, USS Springfield (CLG-7)
  1968-1970, MM-4204, Naval Air Technical Training Command (Faculty Staff)/NATTC (Faculty Staff) Lakehurst, NJ
  1970-1971, MM-4505, USS Meredith (DD-890)
  1972-1972, NAVSTA Treasure Island
  1972-1973, USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37)
  1973-1974, MM-4291, USS Marvin Shields (FF-1066/DE-1066)
  1974-1978, MM-4295, USS Tarawa (LHA-1)
  1977-1980, MM-4291, USS Dixie (AD-14)
  1980-1982, MM-4291, Naval Sea Support Center Pacific (NAVSEACENPAC)
  1982-1983, MM-4291, USS Robison (DDG-12)
  1983-1985, MM-4291, USS Acadia (AD-42)
  1985-1989, MM-4291, Naval Sea Support Center Pacific (NAVSEACENPAC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Vietnam Patrol1
  USS Coral Sea CVA-431
  Chev 3500 HD 19 Foot Roll Back1
  2008 Ford F-650 24 Foot Roll Back1
  Selena
  May 15, 1957, USS Gyatt DDG-11
  Jan 01, 1960, USS Coral Sea CVA-43
  Jan 01, 1960, USS CORAL SEA CVA-431
  Jan 01, 1960, USS CORAL SEA CVA-43
  Jan 02, 1960, Engineering Patch1
  Jan 02, 1960, One Group Patch1
  Jan 12, 1960, USS Coral Sea CVA-431
  May 29, 1961, Hard School1
  May 29, 1961, USS Coral Sea CVA-431
  Nov 30, 1961, Throttle Watch Nr-1 Engineroom1
  Nov 30, 1961, USS Coral Sea CVA-43
  Nov 30, 1961, USS Coral Sea CVA-43
  Nov 30, 1961, USS Coral Sea CVA-43
  Nov 30, 1961, USS Coral Sea CVA-431
  Feb 01, 1962, USS CORAL SEA CVA-433
  Feb 02, 1962, USS Howorth DD-592
  Feb 02, 1962, Rolling 1 Baker Grenerator and having coffee1
  Feb 02, 1962, USS Howorth DD-592
  Feb 02, 1962, USS Howorth DD-5921
  Feb 02, 1962, USS Howorth DD-5921
  Feb 02, 1962, USS Howorth DD-592
  Feb 02, 1962, USS Howorth DD-5921
  Dec 15, 1967, USS Springfield CLG-71
  Dec 15, 1967, Trade Winds EM Club1
  Jan 23, 1968, USS Pueblo AGER-21
  Apr 20, 1968, USS Springfield CLG-7
  Apr 20, 1968, USS Springfield CLG-71
  Apr 20, 1968, USS Springfield CLG-71
  Sep 03, 1970, USS Meredith DD-890
  Sep 03, 1970, USS Meredith DD-8901
  Aug 15, 1972, USS Gompers AD-371
  Dec 20, 1973, USS Marvin Shields DE-10661
  Dec 22, 1973, USS Marvin Shields DE-10661
  Nov 15, 1974, USS Tarawa Launching
  Nov 15, 1974, USS Tarawa Launching1
  Nov 15, 1974, LHA1 &21
  Aug 15, 1975, LHA-1 Builders Trials 19751
  Feb 15, 1976, USS Tarawa Launching
  May 29, 1976, USS Tarawa LHA-1
  May 29, 1976, USS Tarawa LHA-1
  May 29, 1976, USS Tarawa LHA-11
  May 29, 1976, USS Tarawa Launching
  May 29, 1976, USS Tarawa Launching1
  May 29, 1976, U SS TARAWA LHA-11
  Jun 15, 1977, USS TARAWA LHA-11
  Jan 02, 1978, Four Screws1
  Jan 02, 1978, 4 Screws
  Jun 15, 1983, USS Robison DDG-121
  Jun 15, 1983, USS Robison DDG-121
  Mar 15, 1988, USS CORAL SEA CVA-43
  Mar 15, 1988, USS Coral Sea CVA-43
  Mar 15, 1989, USS Coral Sea CVA-431
  Feb 01, 1991, 30 RETIREMENT CERTIFICATE1
  Jan 01, 1993, CPO 100 YEARS1
  Feb 26, 1995, Selena1
  Aug 21, 1995, EX Coral Sea1
  Aug 21, 1995, EX Coral Sea
  Oct 20, 2001, USS Belleau Wood LHA-31
  Feb 02, 2002, CPO Graphic
  Feb 02, 2002, Results
  Feb 02, 2002, Results1
  Feb 02, 2002, Roll Back
  Feb 02, 2002, Over the Road Hauler1
  May 30, 2003, MACH ONE
  May 30, 2003, MACH ONE
  May 30, 2003, Mach One1
  May 30, 2003, Pop In1
  Mar 03, 2006, FTSCPAC1
  Mar 03, 2006, The NAVSEA GANG
  Oct 07, 2006, USS Coral Sea CVA-43 Reunion
  Oct 07, 2006, USS Coral Sea CVA-43 Reunion
  Apr 10, 2007, USS Pueblo
  Apr 10, 2007, USS Pueblo1
  Aug 07, 2012, General Photos4
  Nov 02, 2018, Crisela Ann Banks Boot Camp Graduation7
  Nov 10, 2018, Crisela Ann Banks With New Shipmates Pensacola Fla1
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