Floyd Andrew Snyder
Born 21 September 1931
Died 7 December 1951 at San Bernardino, California
The San Bernardina County Sun, 8 December 1951
Army Doctors lose battle to save man’s life. A team of U.S. Army Doctors lost a 15-hour surgical battle to save the life of Pfc. Floyd A. Snyder Jr., 20, of Carderview, Tenn., yesterday, after the soldier was crushed by a 46-ton tank during a routine training problem at Camp Irwin.
The young tankman was a member of the 141st tank battalion, which arrived recently at the Army’s new armored combat training area from Ft. Campbell, Ky., for an intensive five-week combat workout.
According to the public information spokesman, a board of inquiry has been appointed to determine how the soldier fell beneath the tracks of the M-46 “General Patton” tank as the unit neared the completion of a tactical exercise.
The death of the Tennessee draftee was the first casualty as the result of a training accident in the six months since Camp Irwin was reactivated to prepare tank men for combat under realistic battle conditions.
Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Snyder, Sr., of Carderview; four sisters, Mrs. S.M. Simcox Jr., of Doeville, Miss Bernice Snyder of Elizabethton, Mrs. Ben Lasater of Washington, D.C., Miss Yvonne Snyder and one brother, J.L. Snyder of the home; grandmother, Mrs. Josephine Williams.
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of birth: 21 September 1931
- Date of death: 7 December 1951
- County: Johnson
- Hometown: Carderview
- Service Branch: Army
- Division/Assignment: 141st Tank Battalion
- Conflict: Korean War
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XXI, Top Panel
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