Bankowski, John Francis, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11C20-Mortar Squad Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 11C20, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry (Airmobile)/B Company
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Specialist 4

One Overseas Service Bar

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Dearborn Heights, MI
Last Address
Dearborn Heights, MI

Casualty Date
Jan 27, 1967
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Hedwig Cemetery - Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
14E 084

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry (Airmobile)1st Cavalry Division
  1966-1967, 11C20, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry (Airmobile)/B Company
  1966-1967, 11C20, 1st Cavalry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

John and I attended the same schools in Dearborn Heights. He was a big, strong kid, always taller than most of the other boys our age. We were not what you would call close, but we were friends. I remember hearing that he had joined the Army - it was during our senior year in high school. Not long after, John became the first from Dearborn Heights to be killed in Vietnam and when the news of his death came I could hardly believe it. The Vietnam War had hit home. I paid my final respects and met his father for the first time. I recall Mr. Bankowski introducing himself to me at the door. He was very gratious and I sensed that he was very proud of his son.

Years later at one of our class reunions, John was remembered along with other deceased classmates as our class president read each name. It seemed appropriate to remember as a class as we celebrated as a class. They were a part of us and we miss them. More than 30 years have passed, but John is still that tall lanky 18 year old in my memory. We should all be proud of the brave young soldiers like John, who gave up their futures to serve in our Armed Forces.
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