Donald D. Snyder, Jr., Oral History Interview

July 19, 1989
Oral History #OH0117
Lennon, Donald R.; Snyder, Donald D.
Physical description
0.005 Cubic Feet, 1 audiotape, 1 hour, 21 pages
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.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Biographical/historical information

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.

Scope and arrangement

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.

Administrative information
Source of acquisition

Gift of Donald D. Snyder, Jr.

Processing information

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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.

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Key terms
Personal Names
Snyder, Donald D.
Corporate Names
Tennessee (Battleship)
United States Naval Academy
United States. Navy--Officers--Interviews
Destroyer escorts
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Mediterranean Sea
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Philippines