William Arthur Snow
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army
Arthur Snow was born in 1894 and served as Lieutenant Colonel, Corps of
Engineers, United States Army. He served in World War I and, for
that service, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star
Medal, Purple Heart Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the French Legion
Colonel Snow died in 1940 and was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Margaret Payne Snow (1896-1951) is buried with him.
Colonel Snow was a 1916 graduate of the United States Military Academy and his father Major General William Josiah Snow was an 1890 West Point graduate.
His father was the first Chief of Field Artillery during World War One and is buried not to far from his son.
This family is a four generation West Point graduates.
Colonel William A. Snow served with the 2nd Engineers during World War I and won all his decorations with that unit. He died at Walter Reed at the young age of 46.
I would hope you might also add his father
to your wonderful site, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal
as well as the Companion of the Bath from England and the Legion of Honor
from France for service in the World War I.
WASHINGTON, September 26, 1940 – Lieutenant Colonel William A. Snow, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, died in the Walter Reed Hospital last night. A veteran of the World War, he was born at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, New York, forty-six years ago, and was graduated from West Point in 1916.
Colonel Snow served with the punitive expedition into Mexico from October 1916 to February 1917. He went to France with the Second Engineers and was at the front in the Verdun Sector, Chateau Thierry, Belleau Wood and Soissons, being wounded in action twice. He later was with the Army of Occupation in Germany.
After his return to the United States in 1919, he was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas, commanding a battalion of the Second Engineers. While there he erected a steel bridge across the Kansas River. Later he served in the Officer of the Chief of Engineers, Washington, D.C. From 1923 to 1924 he was assistant to the District Engineer, Washington.
After his graduation from the Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in June 1936, he returned to Washington and was a resident member there on the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors until February 1937, when be became chief of the river and harbors section in the Officer of the Chief of Engineers. On September 1, 1939, he was made Executive Assistant to the Chief of Engineers, holding that post until his assignment to the First Armored Corps at Fort Knox, Kentucky, in August 1940.
Colonel Snow was also a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he received his degree of B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1921.
He received the Distinguished Service Cross for “extraordinary heroism in action in Belleau Wood, June 12-15, 1918” and the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster for wounds he received in that action. There were also awarded to him the Silver Star and the following foreign decorations: the Legion of Honor, the Croix de Guerre with two Palms and the Mexican Campaign Badge.
He leaves a widow, Mrs. Margaret Payne Snow.
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William A. Snow, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Belleau Wood, France, June 12-15, 1918.
In order to consolidate the position of his
brigade, Major Snow personally led one company of his battalion through
a heavy barrage. After passing through the barrage, he discovered that
part of his company had become separated because of the violent fire.
He returned through the barrage and, in so doing, was wounded in
the neck. After having his wound dressed at the aid station, he refused
to go to the rear, but went back and conducted the remainder of the
men through the barrage. Despite his wound, he remained on duty for
16 hours until ordered to the rear.
LT COL CIVIL ENGINEERS US ARMY
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
DATE OF DEATH: 09/25/1940
DATE OF INTERMENT: 09/27/1940
BURIED AT: SECTION SOU SITE 4347-A
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
SNOW, MARGARET W/O WILLIAM A
Posted: 16 May 2004 Updated: 5 November 2004 Updated: 17 September 2005 Updated: 6 September 2006 Updated: 12 November 2007
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 23 April 2004