Starl Lambert Banks was born September 22, 1926 in Riceville, Tennessee. He attended grammar school and was a farm hand growing grain before he enlisted in the United States Army, He enlisted on November 17, 1945 at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. He is buried at Niota Cemetery in Niota.

Corporal Banks was a member of the 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was seriously wounded by the enemy in South Korea on February 19, 1951, and returned to duty on March 15, 1951. He was killed in action while fighting the enemy in North Korea.

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