In Memory Of
Snyder Pattishall Bembry
PFC - E3 - U.S. Army
Age 21, Single
2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
1st Cavalry Division, Airmobile
Born: January 30, 1944
From Unadilla, Georgia
Tour began November 7, 1965
Died: Wednesday, November 17, 1965
Ia Drang Valley, South Vietnam
Cause: Small Arms Fire
Snyder P. Bembry was born January 30, 1944, to Mr and Mrs Paul Bembry, during WWII. He lived in Unadilla, a small community of about 1,600 souls, about 40 miles south of Macon in south central Georgia. He attended Unadilla Public schools, graduating in 1962. He was an outstanding student and set one or more records in athletics that still stand. (1965) Snyder was a Sunday School pupil for many years and was described as, "a young man of Christian character, who was dedicated to any duty and responsibility." Afterwards he attended Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton, in southern Georgia. Prior to entering the service, he was employeed at Blue Bird Body Company in Ft Valley, a few miles north of Unadilla. Synder entered the Army in May 1965, completing his Basic training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He then underwent paratrooper training and was assigned to the 7th Cavalry of the 1st Cavalry Division, only ten days before he died in the battle, in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam, near the Cambodian border.
Synder was the first Unadilla casualty from Vietnam, and is survived by his grandparents, his parents, two sisters and one brother.
Funeral services were held Sunday, December 5th, 1965 in the Unadilla Baptist Church and burial with military honors in the Walnut Cemetery. Snyder was posthumously awarded The Bronz Star on the recommendation of his Company Commander, Army Captain Henry B. Thorpe, Jr of the 1st Cavalry Division.