William R.Banks – Captain, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report

William R. Banks, 76, a retired Navy Captain and World War II veteran who in the mid-1950s served as an exchange officer with the British Royal Navy, died of cancer and diabetes April 1, 1999 at Inova Alexandria Hospital, Virginia.

Captain Banks, an Oklahoma City native and 1942 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served 29 years in the Navy before retiring in 1971 and settling in Alexandria.

During World War II, he participated in patrols in the Pacific with the submarine USS Mingo. His service there earned him a Bronze Star.

His post-war submarine commands included the USS Cavalla and the USS Hawkbill. As part of an exchange program, he was squadron operations officer with the British Royal Navy from 1955 to 1957. He later served as commanding officer of the Naval Scientific and Technical
Intelligence Center in Washington and commanding officer of the amphibious depot ship USS Cambria in Norfolk.

After his military retirement, he first worked for defense contractors as a consultant on anti-submarine and intelligence issues and then served as president of Systems Integrated Research in Washington.

He also pursued his interest in restoring a historic family mansion in Elberton, Georgia, and genealogical research into the Banks and related family history. His other interests included racing sailboats on the Chesapeake.

Survivors include his wife, Anne J. Banks of Alexandria; three children, Ellison Banks Findly of Old Wethersfield, Conn., William R. Jr. of Dewy Rose, Ga., Anne Broughton Banks of Hillsdale, N.Y.; a brother; two sisters; and four grandchildren.


On Thursday, April 1, 1999, beloved husband of Anne J. Banks; loving father of Ellison Banks Findly, William Ross Banks, Jr., Anne Broughton Banks; brother of J. Robert Banks, Sarah Banks Leslie, Mildred Banks Van de Pass. Also survived by four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Fort Myer Chapel on Monday, April 26, at 9 a.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of CAPT William R. Banks to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 162 Prince Georges St., Annapolis, MD 21401.

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