50 years ago: Kudos for West Bayer in US Air Force

In the June 22, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates wrote:

West-bay-50-years-final“Staff Sgt. Dale M. Banks is one of our Cayman boys who has done well in the U.S. Armed Forces. Dale is the younger son of Mrs. Iola C. Banks of West Bay. After graduating from Landon High School in Jacksonville, Florida, he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Air Force and has made the Air Force his career, having served in various areas of the U.S. and Iceland doing administrative work. [A glowing] letter of appreciation was given to him by his commanding officer a few days before his departure for South Vietnam where he is now stationed.

“[It read, in part]: ‘Your outstanding performance has attributed immeasurably to the effective and efficient accomplishment of ATC’s responsibility for the Military Assistance Training Program. The exemplary manner in which you carried out your duties, especially your conscientious and precise handling of the multitude of classified documents, reflects great credit upon your self, this division and USAF.’

“Mr. Gene Borden is here spending his vacation, he lives in Deland, Florida with his family.

“Mr. Vernal Ebanks and Mr. Ashton Ebanks arrived on the 12th from their jobs in the U.S.

“Mrs. Vidette Ebanks left on the 18th for Jamaica to obtain medical aid. Her mother accompanied her.

“Mr. and Mrs. John Ebanks returned on the 19th from Jamaica, where she went for medical aid.

“Mr. Crawford Owens arrived on the 18th from S.S. Green Harbour. He is an employee of Central Gulf Lines.

“On the 16th, their third child and daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bothwell, weighing 9 pounds, 10 ounces.

“Mrs. Charles Glidden Jr. and her son Charlie, who is in school in Miami, arrived on the 16th. Charlie is on holiday.

“Miss Sherilyn Banks, third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Banks, who lives in Miami, is here on holiday visiting with relatives and friends.

“Mr. Arlington Ebanks arrived on the 16th from the S.S. Green Dale. Arriving the same day was Mr. Lewin Parsons Jr. from his job in the U.S.A.

“Mrs. Mary Ebanks and family, through this medium, desire to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the many friends who so willingly responded to the call and those who gave blood on the 12th when she was in need of it. She wishes to thank all who helped in any way.”