Marine who died in Iraq is mourned

December 14, 2005|By LIZ F. KAY | LIZ F. KAY,SUN REPORTER

Marine Cpl. Joshua D. Snyder could be playful. He was even sometimes ornery. But he was always conscientious and loyal, his friends said last night during his funeral service at Eline Funeral Home in Hampstead.

Snyder died Nov. 30 - two weeks before his 21st birthday - of wounds suffered during combat in Fallujah, Iraq.

The Hampstead resident, awarded the Purple Heart during the service, was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Last night, mourners alternated between tears and laughter as church leaders, co-workers and neighbors shared anecdotes about Snyder's pranks at his job at Wal-Mart and his concern for others.

Snyder was an enthusiastic Boy Scout, achieving the rank of Life Scout in Troop 92 of Parkton.

"He was a little mischievous, and boy, could he light a fire," Mike Cox, his former Scoutmaster, told the audience.

Snyder enjoyed hunting and fishing. "He could hit a squirrel from 40 yards away," said Mike Reider, a friend of Snyder's, during the service.

Steve Turnbaugh, his football coach and teacher at Hereford High School, remembered how Snyder wanted to build his muscles so he would fill out his Marine uniform - but also helped a disabled student work out.

The Hereford community is still mourning the death of Snyder's friend and classmate Lance Cpl. Norman W. Anderson III. The two enlisted together after graduating in 2002. Anderson was killed Oct. 19 by a suicide car bomb during combat in Karabilah, Iraq.

Snyder and Anderson met in middle school and played on the high school football team together. The Snyder and Anderson families have combined their efforts to gather funds to create a scholarship in their sons' names, Hereford High teacher Ginny Hoy said yesterday afternoon.

Marine Cpl. Jared Smith described how Snyder pushed him out of the path of an oncoming van while they were on patrol in Afghanistan, where they served before going to Iraq.

"He protected me," Smith said. "He protected others."

Snyder will be buried at 2 p.m. today at Arlington National Cemetery. Friends will gather at 11 a.m. at the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2320 Hanover Pike, Hampstead, for the funeral procession to Arlington. The procession will leave the parking lot at 11:30 a.m.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the gymnasium at Hereford High School, 17301 York Road.

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