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Citadel News Service
22 Jan 2014

Recognizing and remembering Lieutenant Sean Snyder, ‘05

(1974 - 2014)

Lt. Sean Snyder is being remembered for leading by example while attending The Citadel. Snyder was a U.S. Navy (USN) NROTC STA21 graduate of The Citadel's Class of 2005. Most recently, he was a USN helicopter instructor pilot, based in Virginia Beach, Va., until an accident during a training mission claimed his life.Lt. Sean Snyder, USN, Citadel '05

Snyder was the pilot-in-command of an MH-53E Sea Dragon that crashed off of the coast of Virginia Beach on Jan. 8, 2014. Five crew members were on board the helicopter when it went down during ocean mine-sweeping training. According to the USN website, two of the crew members died after being recovered from the water the day of the crash. The USN, the U.S. Coast Guard and others participated in a five-day search for the cockpit of the aircraft where they were able to finally recover the remains of Snyder. A memorial service for the three was held at Naval Station Norfolk.

One of Snyder's classmates at The Citadel remembers him as a mentor to all of the students in the Navy Battalion.

"While at The Citadel, Lt. Snyder set the example of what a modern Naval officer should be—honorable in every facet of life and focused on duty. That resonated with cadets and service members alike," said Lt. Jon Paris, USN, '05. "He was a great role model and our Navy and Citadel family will definitely feel his loss."

Snyder, who was 39, was from Santee, Calif., and was married with children. The Snyder family provided a statement to USN representatives saying that they were truly thankful to the men and women of the United States Navy. "Sean was a man of honor and a true hero, not only to his country, but also to his wife, children, family, and friends. Our strength and trust remain in Christ."

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