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Warren S. Bankus, SGM, Special Forces, US Army, (Ret.)

Warren Stanley Bankus, 78, of Palm Harbor entered peacefully into eternal rest on March 10, 2022.  He leaves behind the love of his life, wife  Jennie A. Bankus  and a loving family who will always miss him.

Sergeant Major Bankus had an amazing career in the military!  He was proud to do the work that he did and his family had a deep sense of pride and respect for Warren’s duties.  Over 25 years of honorable service, he earned these decorations/awards/medals:  Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/ Palm, Army of Occupation Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Ribbons (2), Army Commendation Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medals (7), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbons (3), Overseas Service Bars (5), Presidential Unit Citation w/ OLC, Valorous Unit Award w/ OLC, Republic of Vietnam Civic Action Unit Citation w/ Palm, Meritorious Unit Citations (3), Senior Parachute Badge, Cambodian Combat Wings, Pathfinder Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Special Forces Tab.

Services and Ceremonies are being arranged by Veterans Funeral Care in Clearwater, FL.   Viewing/Visitation is open to anyone who knew Sergeant Major Bankus, being hosted at Veterans Funeral Care (830 N. Belcher Rd, Clearwater)  on TUES March 15th, 2022  from 5:30p – 7:30p.    His urn will be laid to rest at Bay Pines National Cemetery on THURS March 24, 2022 at 2:30pm.  Family, Friends, and Comrades are asked to not arrive at Bay Pines before 2pm,  since there are 1:30 and a 2:00 pm services.  Please arrive and stage between 2:10 and 2:30.

Military Honors will be rendered by the US Army Funeral Honors Team.

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  • Holly M Ross says:

    I am very sorry for your loss, Jennie, and look forward to paying our respects this coming Thursday at Bay Pines Nat’l Cemetary.

  • Debra St. Amour says:

    Dear Jennie, hugs and prayers to you in the loss of Warren. He was a kind and caring gentleman. 🌹

  • Deanna S Mitchell says:

    Aunt Jennie,
    We are so sorry for the loss of Uncle Warren. Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family. I’m sorry I did not get to talk to him again.

  • Steve Shaw says:


    The passing of Warren is a tremendous loss. It’s hard for me to think of Warren and write that Warren was, because to me, Warren is, because he will always live in my heart. Warren is a Soldier’s Soldier, he is my Mentor, and more than my Closest Friend, he is Family, whom I Love Dearly,
    “De Oppresso Liber”. Sharon, Steven, and I continue to uplift you in Prayer, and Love.

  • Ann Ogonowski says:

    Sincerest condolences for your loss.
    I too have lost my husband. While I was still serving on active duty in the US Army.
    The TOG Association will never forget you and if you ever need anything just reach out to us.
    Thank you for your support of your husband and his service to a very grateful nation. My prayers will be with you during this time.
    Very respectfully,
    SSG Ann Ogonowski

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