Jay Snyder was in Vietnam with the First Cavalry Division in 1965-66. He joined the Division fresh out of OCS and Jump School at Fort Benning and traveled to Vietnam as a unit by ship, sailing from Savannah, through the Panama Canal, and across the Pacific. He served as a Rifle Platoon Leader with Charlie Co 1st Battalion (abn) 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade (abn), an Airborne unit for 16 months in Vietnam until it was decided that the 1st Cavalry no longer needed airborne capacity in a jungle war. Incidentally, Charlie Co was one of the most decorated Infantry Companies in the Vietnam War.
Jay Snyder will discuss his personal training and development as a leader, as well as the ways that Vietnam and his experiences there have influenced and molded his careers, family, past, and future. Vietnam has woven through his life through the memorable experiences of his service, the penpal during his time in Vietnam who would become his wife, the growth of their family through an adoption of a young Vietnamese refugee, and the lingering effects of Agent Orange and PTSD.