Lance Cpl Matthew Albert Snyder
Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder of Finksburg, Maryland was a 2003 graduate of from Westminster High School and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps upon graduation. After completing training at Parris Island and Camp LeJeune, he was stationed at Twenty-Nine Palms when he deployed to Iraq in February of 2006. Matt was proud to be a Marine and filled the position with dignity. Just before his deployment, Matt said he volunteered for convoy escort security because in his words, “there was a position that needs to be filled and I’m a Marine”. Matt was a young man who truly loved and embraced life and he lived his twenty years to the fullest. He attended Sandymount Elementary School and loved sports. He played soccer and baseball for many years through various recreational programs. He also loved everything outdoors, including fishing and being at the beach. He loved hiking and spent many days growing up at Cascade Lake at the Skate Park. Matt was a devoted brother and cousin, who enjoyed family parties, playing football games and swimming in the pool. He was a wonderful role model to his younger cousins. Matt was the beloved son of Julia A. Francis Snyder and Albert L. Snyder, and the beloved brother of Sarah Anne and Tracie Lynne. He was killed instantly while on assignment in Al Qaim, Iraq while on a convoy mission for which he volunteered when the Humvee he was traveling in overturned.
Combat Service Support Group 1
1st Marine Logistics Group
I Marine Expeditionary Force
Twentynine Palms, California
Burial is at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery in Owings Mills, Maryland – Sec B-10 Row 6 Site 6