All American Awards & Engraving Soldier Spotlight: Elwood Snyder

flagElwood Snyder, a native of Reynoldsville, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Name: Elwood M. Snyder

Born: 1931

Died: July 11, 1950

Hometown: Reynoldsville, Pa.

Branch: U.S. Army

Rank: Private First Class

Private First Class Snyder was a member of the 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy near Cho Chi Won, Korea.

Company K had successfully launched an attack and had driven the enemy from their positions. Upon reaching their final objective, Private First Class Snyder was seriously wounded in the chest. Before he could be evacuated, the enemy launched a strong counter-attack against their positions. Although seriously wounded he secured his Browning Automatic Rifle and started firing on the enemy attacking forces.

The accurate fire from his weapon and the small arms fire from the other men of his platoon halted the enemy attack and forced them to withdraw. He was evacuated to the battalion aid station which was under heavy artillery and automatic weapons fire and while lying on a stretcher waiting to be given medical care he was again seriously wounded.

Private First Class Snyder was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his acts of valor.

He is buried in Emerickville Cemetery in Emerickville, Pa.


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