St. David resident and veteran Frank Snyder took an Honor Flight to Washington, DC to visit the various war memorials.
Snyder and other veterans made the trip in April made possible by an outfit in Sierra Vista, and the San Pedro Valley resident is only too grateful for having had the opportunity.
“It was great,” he said, of the trip. “It was quite an experience. We left one morning and came home the following night, so it was a quick turnaround. I would recommend [taking an Honor Flight] it wholeheartedly,” he said.
Snyder enlisted in the service out of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was born in Chicago. His military career was served in both naval aviation and submarines. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer after a 20-year career and served in Vietnam. His first assignment was aboard a WWII-era submarine.
Snyder was pleased to have visited all the war memorials, WWII, Vietnam and Korean War. He was especially moved, he said, by the World War II Memorial because of what those veterans endured, as he put it in proper perspective.
“I give them [WWII Veterans] a lot of credit,” he said. “I was just a kid when the world war was going on… I enjoyed the memorials because I could remember the news and everything. But those guys, I take my hat off to them, they did something I’m not sure I could do.”
Snyder retired from the Navy in 1973. He and wife Ann, who tended to the family’s three children while Frank served his country, reside in St. David.