The Moving Wall: 2nd Lt. Stephen F. Snyder
Born March 3, 1943.
Died Aug. 24, 1966
Stephen was born in Sunbury, a son of Frank and June Snyder. He was a 1961 graduate of Frankfurt American High School, Germany, and graduated in 1965 from Hampden-Sydney College, Va.
Steve was an outstanding basketball player at the high school as well as the collegiate level.
He was a platoon commander of Third Platoon, Co. F, Second Battalion Fourth Marines. He volunteered to attempt to relieve a trapped platoon on the "rock pile" in the Thon Son Lam area, Quang Tri Province. He led his platoon in a daring night march through enemy infested jungle. Upon arriving at the besieged platoon position, he led a small group into the trap to evacuate two wounded Marines under cover of darkness. For the next two hours, he selflessly exposed himself to intense fire while directing suppressive fire which delayed the enemy attack.
At dawn, the enemy attacked and Lt. Snyder mounted heroic counter attack to protect the trapped men. Undeterred by the murderous enemy grenade and automatic weapon fire, he courageously led his men forward until he was mortally wounded.
Lt. Snyder's efforts broke the enemy assault and saved the lives of the trapped Marines. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.
Steve was also awarded the Purple Heart, two National Defense Medals, two Republic of Vietnam Service Medals, the Vietnam Chien-Dich Boi Tinh medal, Military Merit Badge, National Order of Vietnam, Fifth Class, Gallantry Cross with Palm and Vietnamese decree.
Steve was survived by his mother and father, three sisters and a brother.
He was 23 years old and is remembered on Panel 10E, Line 34.