SNYDER, J. Edward, Jr., RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1976-1980, CNO - OPNAV/Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy (N84)
Service Years
1941 - 1980
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
North Dakota
North Dakota
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Last Address
Arlington National Cemetery

Date of Passing
Nov 04, 2007
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Allied Command Atlantic US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE)
  1979, American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE)

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Last Known Activity

Rear Admiral J. Edward Snyder, Jr.
WWII • Korea • Viet-Nam

J. Edward Snyder, Jr. was born October 23, 1924 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the son of a Methodist Minister. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1944 (64th in a class of 914) and his first assignment was as signals officer on the battleship USS Pennsylvania. He served aboard destroyers and cruisers and served 52 months of consecutive sea duty before receiving his first shore billet, participating in many of the historic battles of World War II.  

Rear Adm. J. Edward Snyder, USN (Ret.) was notable as the captain of the battleship USS New Jersey during that ship's deployment to the Vietnam War in 1968. Considered by those serving on the New Jersey to be a "sailor's captain", Captain Snyder was able to motivate his men through his more relaxed shipboard policies.

Snyder's first unique action upon taking command of the New Jersey was to have the shower stall removed from the head in the Captain's Quarters. In its stead, he had a bathtub brought aboard ship, as he preferred it to the shower. Although crews at the shipyard refused to install it, once underway, sailors aboard New Jersey attached it to the ship's plumbing. Snyder used his in-port cabin with its bathtub nightly, saying that since he would be blamed if something happened regardless of whether he was sleeping or on the bridge, he would rather be comfortable in his cabin.

Another oddity aboard the New Jersey at this time was its twin swimming pools. Sailors converted two of the 40mm gun tubs outside the Captain's and Admiral's Stateroom on the 01 level of the ship by welding shut the open side and painting the interior blue. It was well known aboard ship that Captain Snyder was one of the first men in the pool when there was down time.

Snyder allowed sailors to sunbathe on the decks by the bow of the ship, and completely contrary to accepted Navy standards, allowed sailors to wear beards while serving on the New Jersey.

Captain Snyder died on Sunday, November 4, 2007.
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His Naval career was as remarkable as the man himself. In addition to his sea duty, he was a nuclear weapons supervisor at Los Alamos New Mexico Scientific Weapons Laboratory and a Polaris Missile Reentry Systems Officer with Lockheed. He attended the Naval Postgraduate school in Monterey, California, earned a Master’s degree in Nuclear Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated from the Naval War College. Before becoming CO of the New Jersey, he was a specialist in oceanography and underwater engineering in the office of the secretary of the Navy. It was a field in which he would close his Naval Career when he was appointed Oceanographer of the Navy when elevated to flag rank.

While Oceanographer of the Navy, Admiral Snyder was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1979, and ADDU as Special Assistant to: Director, National Science Foundation; Vice Commandant of the US Coast Guard; and Assistant Secretary of Interior. 

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 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)NAS Jacksonville FLUS NavyUSS Toledo (CA-133)
USS Macon (CA-132)Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)/Department of Energy (DOE)USS Holder (DD/DDE-819)
Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)Fleet Sonar A School USS Everett F. Larson (DD-830)USS Heermann (DD-532)
USS Calcaterra (DER-390)Bureau of OrdnanceNaval War College (Faculty Staff)USS Brownson (DD-868)
Under Secretary of the Navy (UNSECNAV)/Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research Development & Acquisitions) ASN (RD&A)Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)USS New Jersey (BB-62)Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)
Commander Training Command US Atlantic Fleet (COMTRALANT)CNO - OPNAV/Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy (N84)Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)/Under Secretary of the Navy (UNSECNAV)
  1941-1944, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1944-1944, NAS Jacksonville FL
  1944-1946, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1946-1947, USS Toledo (CA-133)
  1947-1948, USS Macon (CA-132)
  1949-1950, Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters/Armed Forces Special Weapons Project (AFSWP)
  1949-1950, Naval Special Weapons Unit 1233
  1950-1951, Department of Energy (DOE)/Los Alamos National Laboratories
  1951-1952, USS Holder (DD/DDE-819)
  1952-1953, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1953-1955, Naval Administrative Unit Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  1955-1955, Fleet Sonar A School
  1955-1956, USS Everett F. Larson (DD-830)
  1956-1957, USS Heermann (DD-532)
  1957-1958, USS Calcaterra (DER-390)
  1958-1959, Bureau of Ordnance
  1959-1960, Bureau of Naval Weapons Special Projects Office/Representative Lockheed Missile & Space
  1960-1961, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1961-1963, USS Brownson (DD-868)
  1963-1967, Under Secretary of the Navy (UNSECNAV)/Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research Development & Acquisitions) ASN (RD&A)
  1967-1967, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)/Aide for Operations
  1967-1969, USS New Jersey (BB-62)
  1969-1971, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command (COMUSFLTFORCOM)/Commander, Destroyers, Atlantic Fleet
  1971-1972, Commander Training Command US Atlantic Fleet (COMTRALANT)
  1972-1975, CNO - OPNAV/Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy (N84)
  1975-1976, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)/Under Secretary of the Navy (UNSECNAV)
  1976-1980, CNO - OPNAV/Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy (N84)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1945 World War II
  1944-1945 World War II
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1968-1968 Operation Sea Dragon
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CAMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyNaval War College
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  1940-1944, United States Naval Academy
  1952-1953, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1953-1955, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  1960-1961, Naval War College
  1980-1980, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
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