George Eugene Snyder

Staff Sergeant
Army of the United States
12 July 1940 - 12 August 1969
Ferndale, Michigan
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Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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19 Jun 2007

This man was the reason I survived Vietnam. If I could, I would have traded places with you, because you were such a better man than I can ever be. I think of you every day, and what you did for me in the short time we were together in the Battery and the life lessons you taught this young dumb "gun bunnie".

I think of the first time I saw you on LZ Ross and I said "What's this little SH%T going to do?" Well, you out-worked everyone and you made us one hell of a gun section, and that damn "chicken".

Every Reunion I go to we end up talking about you and then I find myself crying on the way home. I miss you so very much. But I will see you again, my friend.

Your old problem child,
"A" Btry 1/30 Arty
1st Cav

Robert "Jody" Jeaudoin

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On the night of 11/12 August 1969 Landing Zone BECKY was garrisoned by the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, and A Battery, 1st Battalion, 30th Artillery. At 0300 on 12 August elements of the North Vietnamese 95C Regiment attacked the base. Although the initial assault was driven back, a second attack, accompanied by heavy rocket, mortar, and RPG fire, began at 0340. The enemy withdrew by daybreak, but 2/8 Cav and A/1/30 Arty had 21 men killed in action:
  • A Btry, 1st Bn, 30th Artillery
    • CPT Donald H. White, Lafayette, CA
    • SSG Samuel Abrams, Tampa, FL
    • SP5 Jeremiah M. Hayes, Bay Head, NJ
    • SSG George E. Snyder, Ferndale, MI (Bronze Star "V")
    • SP4 Bobby L. Bevard, Santa Clara, CA
    • CPL Richard J. Zisko, North Olmsted, OH
    • PFC Greg A. Barker, Belleville, MI
    • PFC Gary L. Hoskins, Chouteau, OK
    • PFC William T. Smith, Summerville, SC

  • 2nd Bn, 8th Cavalry
    • SGT Thomas W. Carrington, Storm Lake, IA, E Company
    • SGT Harold G. Miles, Travelers Rest, SC, E Company
    • SP5 George R. Platter, North Kansas City, MO, HQ Company
    • SGT Stanley J. Shuminski, Windsor, OH, E Company
    • SP4 Fredrick P. Gillen, Clairton, PA, B Company
    • SP4 Marion L. Zipp, Elsmere, KY, E Company
    • SP4 Edward L. Kanter, Cincinnati, OH, HQ Company
    • PFC Larry L. Shaw, Rogers, OH, A Company
    • PFC David M. Freeman, Putnam, CT, E Company
    • PFC Kenney E. Lassiter, Philadelphia, PA, E Company
    • PFC Garry G. Smith, Deckerville, MI, E Company
    • PVT Daniel M. Zuniga, San Antonio, TX, C Company
Staff Sergeant Snyder's actions during the attack warranted the posthumous award of the Bronze Star Medal for valor in action.

He is remembered by his comrades in the
30th Field Artillery
the Hard Chargers

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 19 Jun 2007
Last updated 08/10/2009