OBITUARY

Edward Woodside Snelling

November 22, 1923April 14, 2019

Edward Woodside Snelling was born on November 22, 1923 in Monroe, LA and passed away on April 14, 2019.

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Edward Woodside Snelling

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Kenneth Cheslack

April 20, 2019

Ed is a special friend to me and I will very much miss him.
We had many lunches together and long talks about everything.
Road trips were one of the things we liked to do together.
He always enjoyed having lunch with Marines from 3/26 when they were in town.
That was the only time he would pull rank on us. We were his Marines.
As time went on I would visit him and Sue at home for snacks and drinks.
My last visit was 4/13 after having lunch Jim, Tom and Mick (3/26 Marines) they wanted me
to say they missed not having him with us for lunch.
My wife passed away in Aug. and Ed was rock for me as Claire was special to Ed.
Sue and Kelly are in my prayers.
With his passing our friendship doesn't end, just grows stronger.

Michael Popelka

April 20, 2019

Dear Sue and Kelly,

Charlie Battery had the good fortune and honor of serving under Colonel Snelling in BLT 3/26. We were on a firebase supporting 3/26 in the Arizona Territory when Colonel Snelling assumed command of 3/26. Our link to 3/26 was by radio. Even with the impersonal communications, it was obvious that Colonel Snelling was making a positive difference. It was not until the preparations for Operation Oklahoma Hills that I actually met Colonel Snelling personally. I then understood how he so motivated everyone.

Colonel Snelling was the the best Commanding Officer I knew during my two tours in Vietnam. Colonel Snelling was a leader from the front. He was competent and had an aura about him that invoked confidence and motivated you to do your best even under the most dire conditions.

Colonel Snelling was the epitome of a Marine and gentleman. He was a gracious and humble man. Colonel Snelling focused on you when you talked to him. He never bragged of his accomplishments. He would never bring up the Navy Cross he earned in Korea and yet this man was the leader and man each one of us wanted to emulate.

It was a proud moment to receive the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara. I am especially proud that it was on his recommendation.

At the Chattanooga Reunion, my wife, Sarah, and I learned that he had lived in Greenville, SC. We listened to him talking about Greenville. We have visited Greenville many times to visit my wife's father. Sarah found a book on Greenville and sent it to Colonel Snelling. He later told us that he enjoyed the book. We were pleased to do something for him.

I am very grateful to Sue and Kelly for sharing Colonel Snelling. Being our leader took him physically away from you.

Very Respectfully,

Michael Popelka

Don Buford

April 20, 2019

I served under Col. Snelling in 3rd. Battalion 26th Marines in Viet Nam. Our battalion was one of the top combat battalions in Viet Nam and we did our best work under his command. There was never any question that he would do anything to support his Marines.
As communications chief of India Co. I had very little personal contact with the Colonel but was aware of what was going on with our battalion. Col. Snelling was a smart and decisive commander that always listened to his staff and then made the best decisions available to complete our objective without putting his Marines at more risk than necessary.
I was pleased when he attended the reunion in Chattanooga so I could thank him personally for his leadership.
Semper Fi Colonel,
Don Buford, former corporal and India 2-8, 3/26th Marines

Joyce McHenry

April 20, 2019

Dear Sue and Kelly,

Ed was a great husband, father,Marine and friend. He always put everyone else first. After Leemon passed away he would call every now and then to see if I was okay. He and Shaun are together again. May he rest in peace. Joyce McHenry

Denny Hilton

April 19, 2019

I first met Colonel Snelling when he was assigned as our Commanding Officer of 3d Battalion,
26th Marines in Vietnam in 1969. When I first saw him my first impression was General Robert
E. Lee. Colonel Snelling was an outstanding Marine and leader of Marines. He led from the front,
not from the rear. Colonel Snelling was adept at getting everyone in his command to work
together as a team. He inspired confidence within us younger officers, and became a role model
for me as to how to lead Marines. I'm extremely thankful to have known this great man who was
awarded the Navy Cross while serving in the Korean War. For those who knew Colonel Snelling,
he will be missed by all, but I assure you that his presence will always be felt. Special prayers to
the family as Colonel Snelling now resides with the block of U. S. Marines in heaven.


Semper fi,
Col Denny Hilton, USMC retired

LtCol. Jerry Martin

April 19, 2019

Col. Ed Snelling was the personification of the image the world visualizes when they read or hear the phrase United States Marine.
He led by quiet example, put those of his command first, was quick to praise, and admonished only as a last resort.
A hero of the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War, he never spoke of his heroics, even though he was awarded our nation's second highest decoration for
personal heroism. He never forgot those with whom he served and exemplified the meaning of the Marine Corps motto, "Semper Fidelis".
We are all better for having known him and priveleged to have served with him. There now stands another one of a kind Marine to guard the gates of heaven.
May God bless him and keep him.
Semper Fidelis,
S-4, 1st Marine Regiment

Kevin Baesler

April 19, 2019

Colonel Snelling was a Marine’s Marine, and was someone whose personality and bearing immediately commanded respect. While I never served under his command I knew several who did, all of whom spoke of the experience as one of the most rewarding of their careers. My life has been enriched for having known him. To Sue and Kelly, my deepest condolences for your loss.

Lynn Lowder

April 19, 2019

Colonel Snelling was my commanding officer at Marine Barracks, Subic Bay, Philippines in the early ‘70s. He was an outstanding Marine officer in every respect and was highly respected by all all his Marines and Navy personnel, as well. In my 16 years in the USMC, he stood out as the best commanding officer I ever knew. Calm, authentic, professional and knowledgeable, he always had the interests of his Marines uppermost in mind. Semper Fidelis, Sir....well done!

Allen Winiski

April 16, 2019

Ed was the finest man I have ever met. I mourn his loss.