Donald D. Snyder, Jr., oral history interview, July 19, 1989
Date: Jul. 19 1989 |
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. Interviewer: Donald R. Lennon. more...