It wasn’t quite spelled the same way and the middle initial was different, but seeing Richard A. Snyder on the Vietnam Wall while looking for someone’s friend made me pause.
I wondered who this Richard A. Snyder was on panel E19, line 66. Turns out Richard Andrews Snyder was a Marine Private First Class from Rochester, Mich. He was a 19-year-old mortarman in the 4rd Marine Division, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, H&S Company when killed on May 8, 1967 at Con Thien, South Vietnam, Quang Tri province. The paperwork said Snyder “Died through hostile action . . . small arms fire.” He died quickly and his body was recovered. Seventy U.S. soldiers died that day in Vietnam.
On the website TogetherWeServed.com, I found this note:
“I was PFC R. A. Snyder’s Section Leader.( Sgt. Paul R. Ross) He served under me as an ammo carrier with 1st. Bn. 4th Marines H&S Co. 81 MM Mortars. He used to fix the best field coffee and I ever dranked. He was a brave Marine and served his country with honor. He is a part of my life, because we shared part of the Vietnam War and he was one of my Marines. My heart is heavy because we lost a brave Marine and a freind. I remember surviving Marines Wistuba, Callender,Graff just to name a few. All these Marines are a part of me and who I am. SemperFi.”
Snyder was a Protestant, unmarried and served one year before killed.
It’s not a lot to know about someone, but at least 48 years later, Richard Andrews Snyder is remembered.