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"...I'm wondering if you will find me changed..."

   Ben M. Snyder
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Ben N. Snyder, Sydney, Australia [detail]
War: World War II, 1939-1946
Branch: Army Air Forces/Corps
Unit: 494th Bomb Group, Company H, 867th Squadron, 7th Air Force
Service Location: Ellington Field, Texas; Big Spring, Texas; Wendover Field, Utah; Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona; Mountain Home, Idaho; Lincoln, Nebraska; Hickham Field, Oahu; Barking Sands, Kauai; Anguar Island, Palau
Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, PA
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Ben M. Snyder, bombardier in the Pacific Theater, kept a journal from April 1943 to August 1945. His articulate, exquisitely sensitive account of war is brimming with detail. We are transported to the wartime world when he speaks of the unrelenting strain of training, the excitement of anticipating entertainment by Bob Hope, and his intense feelings about the Roosevelt/Dewey race for election. No one expresses more eloquently the meaning of friends and family to a combat flyer.

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