In Memory of
U.S. Navy Coxswain
Richard Franklin Banning
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Minnehaha County
May 11, 1918— August 9, 1942
Killed in Action aboard the USS Quincy

Richard Franklin Banning

Richard Franklin Banning was born to Charles and Mae Banning on May 11, 1918, at the Banning Homestead in Minnehaha County along the Big Sioux River east of Sioux Falls, SD. Richard worked on the family farm before entering the service.  On June 28, 1939, Richard Banning entered active service at Omaha, Nebraska.  After his training, Coxswain Banning embarked for foreign service and was assigned to serve on the heavy cruiser the USS Quincy

The USS Quincy participated in the invasion of the Solomon Islands and on August 7, 1942, she “bombarded Japanese installations on Guadalcanal in support of the first U.S. Marine Corps landing there.”  On August 9, 1942, while engaged in the “disastrous Battle of Savo Island,” the USS Quincy was sunk by the Japanese. Coxswain Richard Banning was lost in the attack along with about half of Quincy’s other crewmembers; he was awarded the Purple Heart and is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines.  Another USS Quincy sailor, Coxswain Arthur Boyd, survived the attack.  He told the newspaper that the Quincy had been attacked by enemy vessels and aircraft. In a short time they were hit by shelling and three torpedoes from the enemy’s surface craft along with a bomb dropped by the aircraft.  The Quincy sunk rapidly while the other American cruisers attacked and dispersed the enemy.

In 1992, the USS Quincy was examined on the “sea floor of what had come to be called “Iron Bottom Sound.’ She lies upright in some 3000 feet of water...”

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sioux Falls Christian High School,
Blanche Hoff, teacher, and by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator,
Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by newspaper clippings, an
application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment,, and by Maynard F.
Anderson, Sioux Falls, nephew of Richard Banning.