From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

James Snyder '47

Date of birth: December 17, 1925

Date of death: November 14, 1949

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1947 Lucky Bag:

Biography & Loss

From researcher Kathy Franz:

James was on a routine check flight when his single-engine F6F Hellcat fighter crashed near Canal Field, 25 miles west of the Pensacola Naval Air Station. He had started his flight training in August and had just earned his wings in November. He was also a test pilot for the overhaul and repair department and was the touch football coach and boxing and wrestling coach for the Navy pre-flight school.

In high school, James played football and was a member of both the National Honor Society and the National Athletic Honorary Society. He received his appointment to the Naval Academy from Congressman-at-Large William L. Troutman of Shamokin, Pennsylvania. After graduation in 1947, he played two years as left end on the Pensacola Navy Gosling football team.

His father was Roy, a milk merchant in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, and his mother was Ida. His brothers were Richard and Roy (Class of 1950). He was also survived by his sister Nancy Louise and two grandmothers.

James is buried in Pennsylvania.

Memorial Hall Error

James is not listed with his classmates in Memorial Hall. This omission was discovered by researcher Kathy Franz.

Class of 1947

James is one of 29 members of the Class of 1947 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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