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Marine Cpl. Joshua D. Snyder

Died November 30, 2005 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom


20, of Hampstead, Md.; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Nov. 30 of wounds sustained from small-arms fire while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Fallujah, Iraq.

Rural community grieves over Marine’s death

Associated Press

HAMPSTEAD, Md. — A 20-year-old Marine rifleman was killed in combat in Iraq, the second military casualty within six weeks from his tightly knit rural community.

Cpl. Joshua D. Snyder, of Hampstead, died Wednesday of wounds sustained from small-arms fire while fighting enemy forces in Fallujah, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

Snyder was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Snyder joined the Marine Corps in December 2002 and joined his unit in June 2003, said Lt. Barry Edwards, a spokesman for the 2nd Marine Division. He served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, Edwards said.

A 2002 graduate of Hereford High School in northern Baltimore County, Snyder was the second alumnus of the school to die in Iraq in five weeks, said Steve Turnbaugh, the football coach at Hereford.

Snyder, who played football, was a teammate of Marine Lance Cpl. Norman Anderson III, of Parkton, who died Oct. 19 from a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Karabilah, Iraq. The men had been roommates at boot camp.

“It’s been very tough on the guys that he graduated with. We have a very close-knit football family, and it’s been hard on the football players, both past and present,” Turnbaugh said.

Turnbaugh recalled that Snyder had been injured for most of his senior year on the team and took on the role of a student coach.

“He was always willing to help anybody do anything,” Turnbaugh said.

Reached at her home Thursday night, Snyder’s mother said she was not yet ready to speak to reporters.

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