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Donald D. Snyder, Jr., Oral History Interview, July 19, 1989

(Oral History #OH0117)

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Title: Donald D. Snyder, Jr., Oral History Interview
Creators: Lennon, Donald R.
Snyder, Donald D.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 0.0050 Cubic feet, 1 audiotape, 1 hour, 21 pages .

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General note

1934-1945

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Repository does not own copyright to the oral history collection. Permission to cite, reproduce, or broadcast must be obtained from both the repository and the participants in the oral history, or their heirs.

Preferred Citation

Donald D. Snyder, Jr., Oral History Interview (#OH0117), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Donald D. Snyder, Jr.

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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Commander Donald D. Snyder, Jr. (1916-2003), a native of Albany, N.Y. and a 1938 graduate of the US Naval Academy, resigned his commission in May 1940. After the outbreak of World War II he reentered the Navy as a reserve officer.

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Oral history interview (7/19/1989) by Donald R. Lennon, in Concord, New Hampshire, pertaining to Donald D. Snyder, Jr. (1916-2003), from early life in Albany, New York, Vermont, and Gardner, Massachusetts; education at Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute, 1933, and the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, 1934-1938; service aboard the battleship USS TENNESSEE, 1938-1940; commission revoked for poor eyesight, 1940-1942; return to service in World War II in the Naval Reserve as executive officer of the minesweeper USS FIERCE (AM-97) and command of the minesweeper USS FIDELITY (AM-96) 1942-1943; transfer to Sub Chaser Training Center, Miami, Florida & command of the destroyer escort USS ROBERT BRAZIER (DE-345); service in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, 1943-1944; transfer to the 7th Fleet in the Pacific Ocean escorting tankers from Manaus to Leyte and Mindanao in the Philippines to Okinawa, 1944-1945; postwar life; second marriage; evaluation of destroyer escorts; comments on 73 North: The Defeat of Hitler's Navy (1958), by Dudley Pope.

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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