Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Tribal Councilor Shawn Crittenden, U.S. Army veteran Larry Snyder, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Tribal Council Secretary Frankie Hargis.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation honored an U.S. Army veteran with the tribe’s Medal of Patriotism during the July Tribal Council meeting.
Larry Snyder, 71, of Stilwell, was recognized by Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, acknowledging his service to their country.
Sgt. Snyder volunteered for the draft in 1966 at the age of 18-years-old. Snyder was sent by the Army to Fort Bliss in Texas for basic training, and attended advanced infantry training at Fort Polk in Louisiana. He was deployed to Vietnam in 1966. While in Vietnam, Snyder served as ammo barrier for M-60 gunners for three months. He became a squad leader six months into the year. While stationed in Drang Valley in Vietnam, Snyder was wounded by shrapnel in less than a month after becoming squad leader. He spent a month recovering and was then transferred to Le Hong Phong Forrest. While on patrol, Snyder was wounded a second time and hospitalized for an additional month. Snyder was transferred back to the states in 1967 and became a land navigation instructor at Fort Polk until he received an honorable discharge in 1968.
“I’m proud to be an American Indian,” said Snyder, after receiving his Medal of Patriotism.
Snyder was awarded several honors for his service, including the Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and two Purple Hearts, one with oak leaf clusters.
Each month the Cherokee Nation recognizes Cherokee service men and women for their sacrifices and as a way to demonstrate the high regard in which all veterans are held by the tribe. Native Americans, including Cherokees, are thought to have more citizens serving per capita than any other ethnic group, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. To nominate a veteran who is a Cherokee Nation citizen, please call 918-772-4166.
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