2LT Stephen Francis “Steve” Snyder

2LT Stephen Francis “Steve” Snyder

Sunbury, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 24 Aug 1966 (aged 23)
Quảng Trị, Vietnam
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 1, Site 1886
Memorial ID 49319584 · View Source
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Steve graduated from Frankfurt American High School in Frankfurt, Germany in June of 1961. He then attended Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, graduating in 1965.

After graduating from college, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was sent to Vietnam. Steve was killed in August of 1966 in a firefight in Quang Tri Province. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy Cross for "extraordinary heroism".

In 2007 he was inducted into the Hampden-Sydney College Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2008 the Stephen F. Snyder Hall was dedicated on campus.


2nd Lt Stephen F. Snyder – Steve was commissioned after completing OCS with 4th Platoon of Alpha Company. He completed Basic School with the 5th Platoon of Echo Company. In Vietnam, Steve was the platoon commander (0301) of 3rd Platoon, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. He died as a result of NVA small arms fire on the morning of August 24, 1966 after leading his platoon in a night movement to relieve pressure on a platoon from Echo 2/4 Company, which was ambushed and pinned down near a cave complex on the “Razorback Ridge” in Quang Tri Province, during Operation Prairie I. Upon arrival at the Echo position, he led a small group forward to recover casualties. Despite heavy enemy fire, Steve was successful in recovering two of the wounded Echo Company Marines. Steve’s skillful direction of his Marines fire delayed an imminent enemy assault. When the NVA finally massed for an assault at daybreak, Steve led his Marines forward to protect the Echo Company casualties. He was mortally wounded by a gunshot wound to the left side of his chest during the assault, but his courageous action broke the enemy attack and the Echo Company Marines were recovered and evacuated. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his valor during this action. Steve was 24 and single at the time of his death. 15 other Marines died during this action. Steve died in Quang Tri Province (XD 969564) participating in Operation Prairie.
Information provided by Dave Mellon

--Vietnam War: U.S. Military Casualties--
Name: Stephen Francis Snyder
Birth Date: 3 Mar 1943
Death Date: 24 Aug 1966
Age: 23
Race: Caucasian
Home City: Sunbury
Home State: Pennsylvania
Religion: Roman Catholic
Marital Status: Single
Service #: 093446
Citizen Status: U.S.
Casualty Country: Republic of Vietnam
Casualty Type: Hostile - Killed
Casualty Reason: Gunshot or Small Arms Fire
Casualty Air: Ground Casualty
Body Status: Body Recovered
Service Branch: United States Marine Corps
Military Grade: Second Lieutenant
Province: Military Region 1 - Quang Tri
Service Occupation: Basic Infantry Officer

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MARCH 3 1943
AUGUST 24 1966

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  • Maintained by: Frankie Snyder
  • Originally Created by: John C. Anderson
  • Added: 6 Mar 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 49319584
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Stephen Francis “Steve” Snyder (3 Mar 1943–24 Aug 1966), Find a Grave Memorial no. 49319584, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Frankie Snyder (contributor 47546354) .