F. "Duke" Snyder
“Duke” Francis Snyder, 75, major U.S.M.C. (Ret),
died at his camp in the town of Harrisburg on Wednesday
afternoon May 15.
He was born April 17, 1938, on the Cobb Road in the Town of
Harrisburg, the elder son of the late Harvey Francis and
Catherine Pasternak Snyder.
enjoyed attending the many family sporting events, huge
gatherings of family and friends at Snyder’s Swamp,
gardening and bird watching.
He always had P.M.A. and will be sadly missed by all who
loved him. He will always be remembered.
Surviving are five children, Joseph Michael and William
Harvey, Barnes Corners, Jon William, Michelle Nicole and
Deborah Yvonne, Fallbrook, Calif.; two brothers, Douglas of
New York Mills and Gilbert and his wife Diane, Vancouver, Wa.;
two sisters-in-law, Linda, Mannsville, and Ethel of
Copenhagen; many nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces and
great nephews. Bill is additionally survived by numerous
extended family and friends.
Two brothers, Eugene Harvey and Jerry Leroy, both died
graduated from Copenhagen Central School, 1957, Cortland
State, 1961, National University, CA (M.S.) 1985. He joined
the Navy on October 10, 1955 and later transferred to the
Marine Corps and retired as a major on May 1, 1981.
After Basic Officer School, 1962, he served aboard the
CVS-33, U.S.S. Kearsarge in support of the Mercury Space
Program recovering the space ships off the waters of Hawaii.
Over the years, he served at Camp Pendleton, Calif.,
Okinawa, Japan, Camp Lejuene, N.C., Springfield, Mass.,
Quantico, Va., and at MCRD San Diego, Calif. During those
years, he served two tours in Viet-Nam, ’65-’66 and
’68-’69 earning a Bronze Star and Presidential Unit
Citation 1 and eleven other awards, plus Navy-Marine Corps
parachute wings, scuba diving badge and the Vietnamese
Bill commanded an Ontos Company on his 1st tour
landing at Chin Lai, Viet-Nam with the 7th Marine
Regt. Landing Team. On his 2nd tour he commanded
3rd Force Recon. Co. conducting patrols along the
border between South and North Viet-Nam from Dong Ha to Khe
His military schools included: Officer Basic Class, 1962,
Quantico, VA; Command and Staff College, 1973, Quantico, VA;
Scuba Diving School, Subic Bay, Philippines, 1968; U.S. Army
Airborne Course, 5th Special Forces Group
(Airborne) and 1st Special Forces, Don Ba Thin,
Republic of Viet-Nam, 1968. Bill earned the distinction of
Distinguished Honor Graduate. He obtained the distinction of
being the top student in competition with other airborne
trainees in a course that required rigorous physical
application and acute mental awareness.
Major Snyder was a life member of both the Lewis County
Detachment #754 and the Lewis County Memorial Post #6912
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, May 20, at
Sundquist Funeral Home, Lowville, with Rev. Samuel P. Lundy,
Anglican Priest Marine Corps chaplin, officiating. Burial
will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Copenhagen with
hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19, followed by a prayer
service conducted by the Lewis County Detachment #754 at 7
p.m. at the funeral home.
A note of sympathy can placed online at www.sundquistfh.com.
contributions may be made to: Lewis County Detachment #754
Marine Corps League.
Information provided by Sundquist
Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.