Oral history interview of Mr. Gary Snyder. Interview conducted by Tyler Campbell at the Masonic Home of Florida in St. Petersburg, Florida on 03/22/2018.
0:01 Introduction; 0:33 Birth place and date; 0:41 Family life growing up; 1:20 Education prior to military service; 1:31 Enlisting in the Navy; 2:20 Basic Training; 3:19 Heading to Norfolk after Basic Training; 3:37 First experiences on the USS Wasp; 4:22 World tour on the Wasp; 5:23 Position on the ship; 5:31 Typical day while on the ship; 6:15 Memorable moments on the ship; 7:15 Experiences around Korea; 8:02 Friendships with other sailors; 8:10 Free time on ship and at port; 8:38 Hazing ritual after crossing the equator; 9:03 Different ports around the world; 11:18 Favorite port of call; 11:50 Experiences at different ports; 12:38 Close call with a live shell; 13:25 Refueling experiences; 14:43 Decision to leave the Navy; 15:12 Employment after leaving the Navy; 15:39 Contact with old shipmates; 16:45 Advice for anyone thinking of joining the military; 17:37 The Wasp 1952 collision with a destroyer; 19:35 Final thoughts; 19:57 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Army Reserve
Unit of Service
497th Engineer Combat Battalion; 779th Engineer Maintenance Company
Location of Service
Fort Knox (Ky.); Fort Belvoir (Va.); Camp Breckinridge (Ky.); Camp A.P. Hill; Fort Indiantown Gap; Fort Meade (Fla.); Fort Hayes
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Please see video
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Masonic Home of Florida, St. Petersburg, FL.
Snyder, Gary; Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Army Reserve
Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
Contributor Affiliation / Organization
RICHES; University of Central Florida
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES, "Snyder, Gary interview" (2018). Veterans Oral Histories. 585.