04.22.16

Senator David Perdue Hosts Purple Heart Ceremony To Honor WWII Veteran

“Frank Snyder was a patriot and an American hero who selflessly risked his life to defend the world against evil.”

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) today hosted a Purple Heart Ceremony honoring World War II veteran Franklyn Lewis Snyder, who was posthumously awarded a long-overdue Purple Heart for wounds he received during his military service.

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Senator Perdue presents Bob Snyder, Linda Simpson, and Don Simpson with Mr. Snyder’s Purple Heart decoration, Purple Heart certificate, and an American flag flown in his honor above the U.S. Capitol. View more pictures here.

Mr. Snyder, a navigator for the Army Air Corps, served in England during World War II. On March 8, 1944, he sustained a wound to his leg and a blow to his head when his B-17 was shot down over Germany. Lieutenant Snyder was then held as a prisoner of war in Barth, Germany, until the Russians liberated the prisoners on May 13, 1945. Mr. Snyder was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant on December 13, 1945.

For his service, Mr. Snyder was awarded the Purple Heart. Unfortunately, he did not receive this award before he passed away. Mr. Snyder’s children contacted Senator Perdue’s office for assistance, and Senator Perdue’s office worked with the Army to get Mr. Snyder his long-overdue decoration.

“Frank Snyder was a patriot and an American hero who selflessly risked his life to defend the world against evil. As war has evolved over the years, sacrifice is still a notion that resonates today with all our veterans—old and young,” said Senator Perdue. “Our troops have made it their mission to protect our freedom and it is our duty to always honor their service. Thank God for our military and our military families, and thank God for Frank Snyder and his family.”

The award was presented to Mr. Snyder’s family by Brigadier General Jesse T. Simmons, Jr. Assistant Adjutant General, Georgia Air National Guard.