From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Douglas Snead '53

Date of birth: September 6, 1928

Date of death: December 28, 1969

Age: 41

Lucky Bag

From the 1953 Lucky Bag:


From the March 1970 issue of Shipmate:

LCol. Douglas L. Snead, USMC, died 28 December in Quang Tin Province, Vietnam, as the result of an aircraft crash. Services were held in Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church of Newport News, Va., followed by interment in Peninsula Memorial Park, with military honors.

A native of Newport News, LCol. Snead attended Randolph Macon College and was graduated from the Naval Academy in June 1953. Upon graduation he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps and had instruction at Basic School and flight training. During his career, LCol. Snead was executive officer of Marine Air Base Squadron 24; aide-de-camp, CG Second Marine Air Wing, and comptroller, Marine Corps Air Station at Iwakuni, Japan. In 1965 he returned to the Academy for duty in the Naval Science Department and was subsequently executive assistant to the Dean. Stationed in Vietnam since July 1969, LCol. Snead was commanding officer of Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 13, Marine Air Group 13, First Marine Air Wing at the time of his death. He held a Master's degree in business administration from George Washington University.

Survivors include his widow Ann of 878 Cascade Dr., Newport News, Va. 23602; two children Douglas Jr. and Nancy; his parents Mr. and Mrs. John H. Snead of 19 Laurelwood Rd., Newport News; a brother; two sisters, and his maternal grandmother.

On 28 December 1969, the squadron's C-117D crashed into the side of a mountain approximately 10 miles southwest of Chu Lai while checking out a piece of Chu Lai Air Base navigation equipment. The aircraft was piloted by Lieutenant Colonel Douglas L. SNEAD, the squadron Commanding Officer and Captain Donald J. BERGER, the squadron Flight Officer. Sergeant William L. BUNCH was the crew chief and Corporal Ronald F. LISCUM of Marine Air Base Squadron-13 was the radio operator.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


From Wall of Faces:

I enjoyed working for him at MCAS Beaufort SC in 68/69. Rest well, Marine GEORGE BLAKE, SSGT, USMC, 8/16/14

Legion of Merit

His widow, Ann, accepted the Legion of Merit and Air Medal on Douglas' behalf. (Information from September-October 1970 issue of Shipmate.)


Doug is among those names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. As his loss was not due directly to hostile action, though, he does not appear in the Vietnam War section of the Killed In Action panel in Memorial Hall.

Class of 1953

Douglas is one of 62 members of the Class of 1953 on Virtual Memorial Hall.