Colonel Neil Snyder, Jr, Generous Scout Volunteer and Army Colonel
Colonel Neil Snyder, Jr. passed away peacefully at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, on October 8th, 2006. He was 88 years old and had been in declining health since suffering a stroke in July 2003. He is survived by a large and devoted family. The funeral service was held November 20th at the Annandale United Methodist Church, Annandale, Virginia. Internment was held with full military honors at the Arlington National Cemetery.
Colonel Snyder became active in the Boy Scouts of America as a boy in the early 1930's and remained active as a Scout leader for nearly 75 years. He led a Scout troop to the first National Scout Jamboree on the mall in Washington, DC, in 1937. Since moving to Washington in 1964 he has been an active and charismatic leader of the National Capital Area Council where he served on the Executive Board for 27 years. The Boy Scouts of America has recognized Colonel Snyder's service with the Silver Beaver and the Silver Antelope Awards, the highest volunteer awards for service at the community and regional levels. In 1995 Channel 9 recognized his contributions to the youth of the National Capital Region with the Nine Alive Award for Distinguished Community Service. The American Institute for Public Service has also awarded him its Jefferson Award for community service.
Colonel Snyder was born in Brinkley, Arkansas, in 1918 and was a veteran of World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War.
During World War II he served as an infantry platoon leader in the breakout from the Normandy Beaches in July 1944, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and was in the vanguard of the only major American unit to cross Elbe River in April 1945.
Colonel Snyder was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star for Valor with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation, and the Army General Staff Badge.
NEIL N. SNYDER, JR.
COLONEL USA (Ret.)
On Sunday, October 8, 2006, of Fort Belvoir, VA. Husband of Kathryn C. Snyder and father of Brig. Gen. Neil N. Snyder, III of Tallahassee, FL and Karen S. Buchan of Tulsa, OK; grandfather of Jessica B. Young of Fort Worth, TX, Capt. Neil N. Snyder, IV of Fort Bragg, NC, James C. Buchan of Tulsa, OK and Jared W. Buchan of Norman, OK. Friends may call at the Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pk., Annandale, VA 22003 from 10 a.m.until time of service, 11 a.m, Monday, November 20, 2006. Interment will follow in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Capital Area Council Boy Scouts of America, Annandale United Methodist Church or your favorite charity.
SNYDER, NEIL N JR
- COL US ARMY
- WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
- DATE OF BIRTH: 01/11/1918
- DATE OF DEATH: 10/08/2006
- BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 4397
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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