Banks, Dingus Oscar, Jr., 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Military Police Corps
Last Primary MOS
9110-Military Police Officer
Last MOS Group
Military Police Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 9110, 127th Military Police Company
Service Years
1966 - 1968

Military Police Corps

First Lieutenant

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SGT James E. Reece, III (Team Leader, Vietnam Profiles) to remember Banks, Dingus Oscar, Jr. (Ding), 1LT.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Columbus, OH
Last Address
Columbus, OH

Casualty Date
Feb 04, 1968
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Phu Yen (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Otterbein Cemetery - Westerville, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
37E 018/Knox Section, Lot 192, Grave 2

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  1966-1967, 9110, HQ Troops, Hunter Army Airfield, GA
  1967-1968, 9110, 127th Military Police Company
  1967-1968, 93rd Military Police Battalion
  1967-1968, 18th Military Police Brigade
  1967-1968, 9110, 16th Military Police Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
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Last Known Activity

1st Lt. Dingus Banks was assigned to the 127th Military Police Company which was responsible for provost duties within Qui Nhon City. The circumstances of his death are described in the 117th Military Police Detachment History on the Fort Drum web site:
"During the Tet Offensive of 1968, the VC attacked Qui Nhon early on the morning of 30 January 1968, capturing the Vietnamese Radio Station, MSS Headquarters, Quan Cahn Station, Railroad Station and part of the Qrirrang Hotel. The 177th Military Police Detachment Compound was located in the middle of the area attacked; personnel of the unit and attacked Military Police units were in periodic combat. One attacked Military Policeman was killed and four were wounded. At 1830 hours, 3 February 1968, the Military Police Duty Officer, 1LT Dingus Banks, 127th MP Co, was shot and killed while clearing one of the last remaining VC elements in Qui Nhon."

The Army's casualty database indicates Lieutenant Banks was wounded as described above and died from his wounds some hours later on 4 Feb 1968. Sources:

A finer award could not be given, in memoriam: "I was married to Ding when he was killed in Viet Nam. He was barely 22 and had transferred out of Infantry to MP as a good friend's dad told him he would be safer that way. He lived his short life well and was a kind and good man. He always made the best of a situation and loved to make others laugh. I'm sorry he's gone from this world."  from: Dian Clare,
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