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Sgt Gerald Joseph "Jerry" Bannach
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Birth: Nov. 13, 1939
Stevens Point
Portage County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Sep. 24, 1966
Nha Trang
Khanh Hoa, Vietnam

Stevens Point Journal, Stevens Point, WI, September 26, 1966

Stevens Point Man Dies In Viet Nam

The war in Viet Nam came home to Stevens Point today with word that Sgt. 1/c Gerald G. (Jerry) Bannach, 26, has died there.

He was the first Stevens Point area man to die in the southeast Asian country.

Death occurred about 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Nha Trang, and was attributed to a cerebral hemorrhage. Details were lacking as to whether combat injuries contributed to his death.

Sgt. Bannach was the son of Mrs. Rose Bannach, 1209 Franklin St., and the late Ben Bannch. He was born in Stevens Point Nov. 13, 1939, and at the age of 15 he enlisted in the National Guard.

Two years later he enlisted in the regular Army, and had made the Army his career since. He finished high school while in service, and while living at Ottawa, Ill., where he and his family made their home, he completed courses at LaSalle Peru Oglesby Junior College.

He married the former Dorit Schmiele on Dec. 17, 1959, in Berlin, Germany. While stationed there, he completed a non-commissioned officer's course, following which he was cited by his commanding officer of "possessing leadership traits."

The couple returned to the United States in December 1963, and since Jan. 4, 1964, made their home at Ottawa, where he completed an Army pre-commission extension course.

He served as an adviser at the Ottawa U.S. Army Reserve Center while living there. On April 28 of this year he was sent to the Panama Canal Zone, where he completed 14 days of jungle training. He left May 15 for Viet Nam, where he was with the 101st Airborne Division.

Notice of her husband's death was confirmed for Mrs. Bannach by a telegram which stated in part: "The secretary of the Army has asked me to express his deepest regrets at the death of your husband, Sgt. 1/C Gerald J. Bannach, who has died in Viet Nam…please accept my deepest sympathy." The cause of death followed, and the telegram was signed by Maj. Gen. Kenneth G. Wickham, adjunct general, U.S.A.

Besides his mother and wife, Sgt. Bannach is survived by two children, Marina, 4, and Frankie, 6; five brothers, Rhody, 1744 Strongs Ave., Maynard, 2308 Wyatt Ave., Thomas, Milwaukee, and two brothers serving in the U.S. Navy, Seaman Russell Bannach, Hawaii, and Lt. Leroy Bannach, Bremerton, Wash., also a military career man, and two sisters, Mrs. Kenneth (Judy) Kline, 3224 Minnesota Ave., and Mary Kay Bannach, at home.

The body is being flown to Stevens Point from Viet Nam, and funeral arrangements are indefinite, pending the arrival. The Dzikoski Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements.


Name: Gerald Joseph Bannach
Service Number: 27865548
Dob: 11/13/1939
Service: Army
Component: Regular
Rank: Chief Shipfitter Navy Or Sergeant First Class Army
Grade/Promotion: E7
Service Occupation: Light Weapons Infantry Army
Date Death: (certified) 09/24/1966
Date Tour: 05/16/1966
Casualty Type: Non-Hostile Died of Illness or Injury
Reason: Illness Disease
Air or Ground: Ground Casualty
Country: South Vietnam
Province: Province And Military Region Unknown
Major Command: 101st Airborne Division
Unit Level: A Co
Battalion Level: 2nd Battalion
Regiment: 502nd Infantry
City, State: Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Memorial Wall Panel: 11e, Line: 8
Family links: 
  Benjamin F Bannach (1905 - 1954)
  Rose F Tomczak Bannach (1911 - 2001)
  Frankie B Bannach Sievwright (1960 - 1995)*
  James Benjamin Bannach (1936 - 1937)*
  Gerald Joseph Bannach (1939 - 1966)
  Thomas W Bannach (1944 - 2014)*
*Calculated relationship

Sfc Co A 502 Inf 101 Abn Vietnam
Guardian Angel Cemetery
Stevens Point
Portage County
Wisconsin, USA
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Record added: Aug 04, 2011
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Sgt Gerald Joseph Jerry Bannach
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Sgt Gerald Joseph Jerry Bannach
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Thank you, Sir, for your service to our great Country. God bless…rest in peace.
- Travelingal
 Added: Jan. 17, 2013

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