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Sharon: Chester Snyder, 38, of Hickory Twp. was injured fatally Saturday when his car collided with an automobile operated by David A. Duffy.  Duffy was in critical condition at Sharon General Hospital.

[The Daily Courier, Connellsville, Pa, , Page 15[

Death certificate for Chester J. Snyder shows that he sustained multiple fractures in the accident, including the fatal fracture of his skull.

His employer was documented as the Wheatland Tube Company which today is a division of Zekelman Industries, the largest independent steel pipe and tube manufacturer in North America.

Pennsylvania Record of Burial Place of Veteran and grave marker for Chester J. Snyder.


Note that the burial record states he was interred in the Hillcrest Memorial Park,  Hickory Township (Mercer county), Pennsylvania.  However, Hillcrest Memorial Park was purchased and renamed in 1977.  Established as a special place for Veterans, the seventy-one acre park is now known as the Americas Cemetery, and bills itself as being "Second only to Arlington."

Chester registered for the draft ca. 1944 and enlisted in the Army at New Cumberland, PA on 21 April 1944.

Pfc Snyder was transferred from the 504th PIR to Company F, 508th PIR in late 1945 or early 1946, the exact date being unknown due to missing Company F Morning Reports.

.  He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal in the 508th General Order 12 issued on 28 February 1946.

On 18 January 1950, Chester submitted this application for the Pennsylvania WWII Veterans Bonus.  He was credited with 11 months of domestic duty and 11 months of foreign service resulting in a $275 bonus award.

He was discharged at Fort Dix, NJ on 4 June 1946.

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