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Banner Jr. recognized as DAR Distinguished Citizen

on Tuesday, 14 September 2021. Posted in Local News

Retired Col. David Banner Jr., center, was recently recognized the Samuel Bacot Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution as the recipient of the chapter’s 2021 Distinguished Citizen Award. Presenting Banner with a medal and certificate are Chap

Retired Col. David Banner Jr. was recognized with the Samuel Bacot Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Distinguished Citizen Award during the organization’s monthly meeting on Sept. 8 at Central United Methodist Church.

The award presentation was made by Regent Daryn Sasser and Historian Zilphy DuRant. Prior to presenting the award, Durant read the following:

“Retired Col. David Andrew Banner Jr., U.S. Army Reserves, was born in Salisbury, N.C. on Nov. 14, 1942. His parents moved to Wilmington, N.C. where he grew up.

“As a youth, he developed his leadership skills while earning his Eagle Scout rank at the age of 14. “After graduating from Hanover High School, he attended The Citadel and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1967.

“Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Army as an infantry officer. From 1967 to 1969, he served with distinction in Vietnam with the First Infantry Division. He earned numerous medals and awards, including the Combat Infantry Badge, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Ribbon, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, and the Republic of Vietnam Civic Action Unit Citation.

“After surviving Vietnam, he returned to the states and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves. He continued to serve our country in the reserves from 1970 to 1996. During his 26 years of service in the reserves he achieved.“

He began his civilian working career with Carolina Power and Light. After six years, he made the transition to insurance. As agent with All State, he enjoyed a successful 29-year career.

“Civic and community involvement has always been a part of Col. Banner’s values. He has been a former member of the Jaycees, the Optimist Club, Sertoma, and the American Legion. He is a charter member and past president of the Florence West Rotary Club. He is a past president of The Citadel Club. He also served on the board for the American Cancer Society. He is currently a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the National Rifle Association, and proudly serves on the Florence Honor Guard.

“In 1990 he was bestowed the title of Kentucky Colonel by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.”

After receiving the award, Banner said he was thankful and humbled by the honor.

“There are a lot more people than myself who deserve this,” Banner said. “I am truly appreciative of this wonderful honor.”

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