My family and I wanted to thank your family for the service of Coxswain Layton Banks. We wish that we could have joined you for the interment this morning. However, we did come by this afternoon and left flowers for him and a few flags to honor his service. We are proud to share Layton's story with our boys and hope that his courage will rub off on them. Thank you all for allowing us to be a part of this with you.
John Thomas Banks, October 23, 2020 Layton was my dad's uncle. Over the years my husband and I have had the privilege of visiting the Punch Bowl in Hawaii and the monuments dedicated to our brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. We are grateful that his remains are being returned to his family, a hope and prayer of his mother. May Layton truly rest in peace now as family, friends, and the nation remembers his dedication and sacrifice to our country. Collette Banks Turner, October 22, 2020 To the family of U.S. Navy Coxswain Layton Thomas Banks who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country may you find closure. Denise Patterson, October 20, 2020 RIP our Hero Floyd Morgan, October 19, 2020 My late father was a USN Gunner's Mate First Class and was also assigned to the USS Oklahoma. He was one of the fortunate survivors of that fateful attack by the Empire of Japan on December 7, 1941. He had memories and stories from that day, the aftermath of that day's attack, and many other events during his next five years of service in the Pacific Theatre during and after WW II. Regardless of his memory or the story he told, it always came back to his horror of listening to his fellow sailors trapped below deck banging on the ship's hull as he watched it sink below the harbor's burning surface. My father forever mourned that moment. It was touching while also being troubling as anyone could tell he felt the loss of 429 fellow shipmates more deeply than any words can describe. Those of us left to cherish my own father's memory send our deepest sympathies to all of Mr. Bank's surviving family for the loss of a great American Patriot who fought with his own life so that we all may be safe and free. We hope you find comfort with him being returned home to North Texas. May God be with you as you gather to remember the memory of your loved one. Rest in peace, sailor, and may you be blessed eternally for your service to our country. James Fomby; Frisco, Texas. James Fomby, October 19, 2020 I deeply regret not being able to attend my uncle's funeral and burial due to travel restrictions between the UK and the US. I am extremely grateful to my patriotic friends, and of course to all of my relatives, who are attending despite never having known Layton. I never knew Layton, but for many years I watched my father Weldon grieve over that little stone indicating that his remains were lost; I don't think my father ever really got "closure" because of this. He would have been SO pleased to know the great honor and respect being shown to Layton now for his sacrifice in 1941. My thanks goes to the US Navy and to my relatives who provided the DNA to enable Layton's identification so that his remains can finally rest in peace amongst those of his family.