Face fear, danger, or adversity.
Sergeant Arthur Snyder
On October 4, 1918, the Five of Hearts, a Renault tank assigned to Company "C", 344th Battalion, in support of the 16th Infantry, stood in a line south of Exermont, France, ready to lead an attack. Corporal Horatio R. Rogers was the driver and Sergeant Arthur Snyder the commander.
When the signal was given, the tank lurched into the attack. Almost immediately Corporal Rogers was wounded, so another driver entered the tank, which then resumed its attack. German anti-tank bullets cut through the radiator, causing it to overheat. Ignoring the problem, Sgt. Snyder pressed forward, crossing a bridge and providing support for a company of the 16th Infantry. Soon, the second driver was wounded, falling forward in his seat and stalling the engine.
The Germans mounted a counterattack and set up three machine guns near the vehicle. The turret jammed with bullets, making it impossible to elevate the gun. Sgt. Snyder and his wounded driver shot high explosive shells through the main gun and their .45 caliber pistols through the portholes to keep the enemy from closing. In this position they managed to repulse the German counterattack. After the Infantry troops reached them, the wounded driver was sent back to an aid station while Sgt. Snyder continued the attack in another tank.
The Five of Hearts was recovered the next day. In 1919 it was shipped to Camp Meade as a proud monument to the men of the Tank Corps. Sergeant Arthur Snyder faced fear, danger and adversity, yet bravely fought on in order to ensure victory.
|SGT Arthur Snyder at 1939 Rededication Ceremony|