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USS Snyder (DE 745)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Z - W - L
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 201
Snyder (DE 745) Building and Operational Data:
  • 28 April 1943: Keel laid at the Western Pipe & Steel Co., San Pedro, Cal.
  • 29 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Lillian J. Snyder
  • 05 May 1944: Commissioned at Long Beach, Cal., Lcdr. E. Moore, USNR in command
  • December 1945: Decommissioned at Norfolk, Va. after 1.6 years of service, towed to the Inactive Ship Storage Facility, Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 10 October 1946: Towed to New York Naval Shipyard and placed "in commission, in reserve" as an NRT ship for the 3rd Naval District at New York City
  • May 1950: Recommissioned for use in the Reserve Training Program
  • 05 May 1960: Decommissioned after 13.5 years of service, berthed at Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 01 August 1972: Struck from the NVR with a total of 15.1 years of service
  • 01 November 1973: Sold for scrapping to the North American Smelting Co., Wilmington, Del.
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    Snyder 296k 29 August 1943: San Pedro, Cal. - Snyder (DE 745) slides down the launch way at Western Pipe & Steel Corp. (U.S. Navy photo from the National Archives, courtesy of  Chris Wright) Ed Zajkowski
    Snyder 296k 16 May 1944: off the California coast - A photo of USS Snyder (DE 745) taken from an airship of LTA Squadron ZP-31. (Official U.S. Navy Photo from The U.S. Government Printing Office 1942 #16-10585) David Buell
    Snyder 66k undated post-war images Nick Tiberio
    Snyder 40k
    Snyder 46k 1948: location unknown - Snyder moored Robert Hurst
    Snyder 119k Summer 1950: "I sailed as a Sea Scout on Snyder from the Brooklyn Navy Yard to Bermuda and back. Quite an experience for a 14 year old. We were treated as regular crew members. We got to conn the ship, fire the 20mm's, roll off the depth charges, and peel potatoes. We were accompanied by USS Kyne (DE 744). While moored alongside Kyne in Bermuda, a deck washdown resulted in an all out firehose water fight between the ships. This ended abruptly when someone trained his hose on Kynes' flying bridge. I've often wondered how many kids got to go on these training cruises. Upon our return, we were presented with an 8x10 of the ship." Russ Glindmyer
    Snyder 102k April 1951: off New York City - The funnel has been painted differently, probably in anti-corrosive undercoat, but the ship is otherwise in peacetime haze gray. She differs little from wartime form except for the addition of extra radio aerials on mast. (U.S. Navy Photo #66360 from the collection of The National Archives) Robert Hurst
    Heyliger 118k March / April 1954: Charlotte Amalie, the Virgin Islands - USS Heyliger (DE 510), USS Kyne (DE 744), and Snyder on a port visit to the U.S. Sub Base in the Virgin Islands. Rod Sienkiewicz
    ***Heyliger / Kyne*** 129k March / April 1954: Charlotte Amalie, the Virgin Islands - sailors enjoying swim call off Kyne's fantail.

    View the USS Snyder (DE 745) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: M. Edward Arnold
    Address: 3235 Ames Avenue / Kingman AZ 86401
    Phone: (928) 692-9190

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    Additional Resources

    Tin Can Sailors
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Snyder

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