Bank, Bertram A., Maj

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Major
Primary Unit
1945-1947, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
Service Years
1941 - 1947
Major

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Home State
Alabama
Alabama
Year of Birth
1914
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Montgomery
Last Address
Tuscaloosa, AL

Date of Passing
Jun 22, 2009
 
Location of Interment
Evergreen Cemetery - Verbena, Alabama
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)American LegionDisabled American Veterans (DAV)
  1947, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) - Assoc. Page
  1947, American Legion - Assoc. Page
  2013, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Major Bert Bank enlisted in the AAC on 27 January 1941, after graduating from University of Alabama with an LL.D. in 1940 and working for the Tuscaloosa News.  He received his commission upon graduation as part of the U of A ROTC program.  

He served with the 27th  Bombardment Group (L) that was transferred to the Philippines in November 1941. The unit was supposed to be armed with the A-24 Dauntless dive bomber aircraft which never arrived. When Luzon was attacked by Japanese forces, the 27th became an infantry unit, fighting the Japanese for 99 days, until they were forced to surrender on 9 April 1942.  He became a POW and was on the forced "Bataan Death March". He was held at Camp O' Donnell and Cabanatuan, and Mindanao until 30 January 1945 when he and other POWs were liberated by 6th Army Ranger Battalion at Cababatuan.  He remained in Valley Forge General Hospital for much of his remaining career due to the malnutrition he suferred under the Japanese.

 

Bank served as a member of both the Alabama House of Representatives and Alabama Senate. He served two terms in the State House, first being elected in 1966, and one term as a State Senator, being elected in 1974. He forgo a second term in the State Senate to unsuccessfully run for Lieutenant Governor in 1978.

 Was best known as the founder of the Alabama Football Radio Network. He was also the founder of two Tuscaloosa, Alabama radio stations (WTBC and WUOA).

   
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 Unit Assignments
US Air ForcePrisoner Of War (POW)United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1941-1942, 27th Special Operations Wing
  1942-1945, POW Japan
  1945-1947, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
University of Alabama
  1936-1940, University of Alabama
 My Aircraft/Missiles
A-24 Banshee  
  1941-1941, A-24 Banshee
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