|Birth: ||Apr. 29, 1949|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 28, 1970|
Quang Tri, Vietnam
In Memory of...... SP4 Hughie Franklin Snider.
*** Specialist, Fourth Class Snider was a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 77th Armored Battalion, 5th Infantry Division. On April 28, 1970, he was swimming in the ocean at Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam and was caught in the undertow and drowned. His remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.
You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on - in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in those who knew you. You will live on because we remember you!
HUGHIE FRANKLIN SNIDER - Army SP4 E4 5th Infantry Division Mechanized
Date of Birth Apr 29, 1949
From: NEW CUMBERLAND, WV
Religion: CHURCH OF CHRIST
Marital Status: Married - Susan Darlene Wharton Snider. Parents: Father, Harold Daniel Snider, Born April 19, 1921 and Mother, Dorothy Marie Balwanz Snider, Born Feb. 22, 1928. Married 1948 in Wetzel, WV.
Mom's Sisters, Kay Martin of New Cumberland, WV and Mary Jenkins of New Martinsville, WV. Mom's Brothers, John Balwanz, Hughie Balwanz and Clarence Earl Balwanz of Reader, WV.
* Maternal Grandparents: Grandfather, Henry and Grandmother, Lenora Briggs Balwanz then Myers.
***** Name: Hughie Franklin Snider
Spouse's Name: Susan Darlene Wharton
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 1969
Event Place: Hancock, West Virginia, United States
I am originally from New Cumberland, WV and have been recently volunteering in the New Cumberland Cemetery.
I see that you have a photo request for Hughie Franklin Snider's marker/memorial. Currently, I am not in New Cumberland, but sent the plot location thru an edit (Section D-072-4) for you.
If no one tries to locate Hughie's memorial before I go back to New Cumberland (within the next few weeks), I will be happy to look for it, photograph it and post it for you.
Thank you for posting such a touching memorial for Hughie. I was in junior high school when Hughie Snider was in Vietnam. Your memorial enabled me to remember and get to know him a little better.
Peggy Rocchio Lee
***** Pete Quigley - Just a Brother-in-arms
Au Gres, Michigan 48703 USA
I was with the same unit as Hughie. Watched two or three guys struggle for nearly an hour with the undertow to keep him afloat. They finally had to release him or be taken with him. Am deeply sorrowed for the familys loss.
His tour began on Apr 28, 1970
Casualty was on Apr 28, 1970
In QUANG TRI, SOUTH VIETNAM
NON-HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
Body was not recovered
Panel 11W - Line 65
Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing)
On April 28, 1970, he was swimming in the ocean at Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam and was caught in the undertow and drowned.
Two or three guys struggle for nearly an hour with the undertow to keep him afloat.
They finally had to release him or be taken with him.
His remains were not recovered.
From what I remember of Hughie's last day was that it started out with everyone in the Scout platoon seeming to have higher spirits than usual. That was no doubt because of our mission that morning would take us in a different direction than we were used to. We weren't heading for the Cambodian border or the DMZ .
No, this mission was one most of us were looking forward to. The scenery this day wouldn't be the usual battle grounds of the past or the future but that of white sandy beaches with the fresh smell of the ocean and real food prepared by a Navy chief. You see our mission that day would take us to the South China Sea at the Gulf of Tonkin where the Navy began operations to pull out of Cua Viet. Our mission there was to provide security while they closed down operations in the bay and Vietnam.
I believe we arrived at Cua Viet mid to late morning and may have had one meal of real food. With time on our hands and a beautiful beach enticing most of the guys in the platoon, we took the tracks down to the sandy beach and left one man per track to maintain security while the rest of the guys enjoyed the sights and sounds of the ocean.
It wasn't long before someone reported Hughie Snider had swum out a long way and they had lost sight of him.
At the moment the situation with Hughie was reported to the rest of the platoon, I was further down the beach taking pictures of the tracks. I could see a small group gathering and wasn't sure what was going on.
I've enclosed a picture I had taken of the last moments of Hughie's life. Whether it was a piece of shrapnel from an exploding rocket, a round from an AK-47 or suffocation from drowning, he was a casualty of the war in Vietnam and his service to his country will not be forgotten.
I will be attending a reunion on 4 July 2003, with members of the 1/77 scout platoon, It may seem like a "Welcome Home" celebration 33 years late. We will be remembering Hughie and several others and their service to our country. Possibly there will be some additional remembrances added to Hughie's page after the reunion.
Until that day arrives, rest in peace.
YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN
New Cumberland Cemetery
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Eddieb
Record added: Nov 15, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61659241