Fallen sol­dier awarded Sil­ver Star

Ge­orge­town man was killed dur­ing Viet­nam War in 1967 while on res­cue mis­sion.

Austin American-Statesman - - B METRO & STATE - By Claire Os­born cos­born@states­man.com

GE­ORGE­TOWN — Ben Snow­den en­listed in the Army in 1954 at age 17 while he was still in Ge­orge­town High School. Twelve years later, he was on his third tour of duty in the Viet­nam War when he tried to res­cue sev­eral sol­diers un­der fire on a pa­trol in Laos.

The heli­copter that he was on had to hover about eight feet from the ground be­cause tree stumps pre­vented it from land­ing. Snow­den, a mem­ber of the spe­cial forces who was 6 feet 6 inches tall, reached down to grab a sol­dier be­ing lifted up by a com­man­der.

He never made con­tact. An en­emy shot him sev­eral times

John Snow­den (left), Ben Snow­den’s older brother, and Roger Wid­dows hold a box with Ben’s pic­ture and ser­vice medals out­side the VFW post named in his honor.

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