Fallen soldier awarded Silver Star
Georgetown man was killed during Vietnam War in 1967 while on rescue mission.
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.