Emory Brook Snyder was a country boy from West Virginia. Prior to being drafted, he worked at Powder Metals and Alloys Company, a munitions factory in Barberton, Ohio. After basic training at Camp Blanding, Fl, he was sent to North Africa, then to the Rome-Arno, North Apennines and Po Valley Campaigns serving in Gen. Mark Clark’s 5th Army. After sustaining a combat related injury near the end of the war, he returned home via hospital ship in Nov., 1945, recovered at an Army hospital in Staunton, VA, and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in Jan., 1946. He received the Combat Infantry Badge along with other medals and awards.