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Banks, Layton Thomas

Rank and Name, Coxwain Layton Thomas Banks.

Unit/Placed in, USS Oklahoma (BB-37) Battleship, United States Navy.


Layton is born approx. on 8 April 1921 in Coffee County, Tennessee.

Father, John Thomas Banks.

Mother, Virginia (Pirtle) Banks.

Sister(s), Elizabeth Sue, Stella Mae, Mary Lee and Sally Goldie Banks.

Brother(s), Walter E, Clarence Weldon and Billy Wayne Banks.

Spouse, Dorothy Marie (Platt) Banks.


Layton enlisted the service in Texas with service number # 3561940.


Layton was KIA during the Japanese Air Raid on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Layton T. Banks remains were identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. His name is permanently engraved in the World War II “Courts of the Missing” at the Honolulu memorial.

He is also Mentioned at USS Arizona Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA.

He has also a Memorial Grave at Rowlett Creek Cemetery, Plano, Collin County, Texas, USA.


Thanks to, https://www.familysearch.org/

Jean Louis Vijgen, ww2-Pacific.com and Europe 1940-1945 on Facebook.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

His remains were Recoverd
USS Oklahoma (BB-37) Battleship
Layton Thomas Banks
His rank Coxwain
USS Oklahoma-memorial
Pearl Map