Finding my name on the Vietnam Wall, sorta

Vietnam Wall

Vietnam Wall

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, 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.

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