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Jay Snyder

Profile Updated: September 17, 2021
First Year in Country
1965
Residing In:
Harrisburg, PA USA
Spouse/Partner:
Jeanne
Occupation:
Retired, Now a full time volunteer, reading for the blind, Food Bank, Prostate Cancer Coalition Board. International Youth Advocate Program, Vietnam Roundtable, National Cemetery Board Chaplain, etc
Children:
Thinh Snyder-Pham
3 Grandchildren Jeanne, Jay, and Carson
Military Service:
US Army Parachute Infantry  
Nickname in Nam

Jay

What Have You Done Since Nam

Married the young lady who wrote to me while I was in Nam (met her when I returned to Valley Forge Hospital). Sadly, 2 weeks after our 50th anniversary a stroke took my beautiful Jeanne. Spent 25 years in PA state government. Worked in Governors Office, Legislature, Attorney Generals Office. Also served as Director of Child Welfare-1 year, State Commissioner for the Blind-7 years, Director of Vocational Rehabilitation-3 years. Avocation as a professional tennis umpire-worked at 3 Olympics (LA, Seoul, Barcelona), Wimbledon, Australian and French Opens, US Open and in more than another dozen countries. Left government to be US Director of Tennis Officiating in NYC, then became Director of the US Open in 1993 and retired in '02. Still do sports consulting and occasional umpiring for senior events-McEnroe/Aggasi/Sampras etc.

Memories of Nam

Serving with the absolute best trained soldiers in the military, in the most respected Company in the Infantry-Charlie Co 1/12 (abn). Trip to VN as a unit on the USNS Geiger-reruns of Combat tv shows, repeated showings of The Longest Day, on-deck PT. Old fashioned landing on the beach @ Qui Nhon-LSTs, cargo nets and all. Then the press, etc as we landed -we expected the enemy (maybe we weren't far wrong). Never forget the sign-Welcome to Jones Beach-East! On to An Khe in the rain and more rain. First few short missions, then it got real. Kool Aid, Chaplain Lord, Falstaff beer, Sin City, pay jumps, more rain, leeches, Charlie Black. For the rest of it, read my book "Vietnam on my Shoulder"when it's published or my short articles in O Dark Thirty, the publication of the Veterans Writing Project.

What Platoon and Squad Were You In?

2nd Platoon Leader

What month did you enter in country?

September 1965

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Happy Birthday, Brother and all the best for a wonderful meaningful Veterans Day. All the best to you and Debbie...Jay

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Wishing you a very happy, healthy fun filled day! Happy Birthday, LT

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Happy Birthday. May the year ahead hold only healthy clear sailing!! J

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Haooy, Haooy Birthday. You're still staying just ahead of me. Sorry to miss you in Oct but one of these days...J

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Happy Birthday, Mate! Here’s to many, many more CJ. LT

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You just might be Mike. You’ve got me by 13 months. I’m about to be 79. But then I always did look up to you. J

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