TLBTV: The American Vision – Learning About My Father

The American Vision – Learning About My Father

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January 30th, 2018

By TLB Contributing Author & TLBTV Show Host: Bill Muckler

Steve Snyder is a graduate of UCLA who lives in Seal Beach, California. In 2009, he retired from Vision Service Plan (VSP) after a 36-year career working in sales and sales management. He then began his quest to learn more about the World War II experiences of his father, pilot Howard Snyder, and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth.

Learning about his father and World War II became his passion. Four and one-half years of dedicated research resulted in his book, Shot Down, which has won 25 national book awards. Steve is a member of numerous World War II organizations. He is the immediate past president of the 306th Bomb Group Historical Association. He keeps very busy making PowerPoint presentations to all types of organizations and attending air shows around the country signing copies of his book.

Author Steve Snyder’s father, Howard Snyder, was a B-17 pilot stationed in England during World War II. On February 8, 1944, his plane, the B-17, Susan Ruth, was Shot Down over the French/Belgium border after a mission to bomb Frankfurt, Germany.

Shot Down tells the true story of events leading up to, and after, that harrowing day. Of the ten-man crew, some died, some ended up in prison camps, and some evaded capture. What makes this book unique is the varied, detailed, and amazing story of what happened to each crew member, in particular, Howard Snyder who evaded capture and was missing in action for seven months. An excerpt from the book follows: 

We have been moved from place to place very rapidly and haven’t had a chance to settle down since we arrived. We will remain here for awhile and go to school, then be assigned to a combat unit. We hope to have some time off to go to London in a few days. They took our ship away from us. I was very disappointed as she was a good ship, and we were all very fond of her. We will get another, however, when we make our next move.

Shot Down contains many letters and documents that were exchanged before and after the Susan Ruth was shot down. There are more than 200 photos in the hard cover edition of Shot Down. The book follows Steve on his journey to uncovering these extraordinary WW II events that must never be forgotten.

Cross section of crew and positions in a B-17: The B-17 Susan Ruth Crew was comprised of Howard Snyder, George Eike, Robert Benninger, Richard Daniels, Roy Holbert, Louis Colwart, Ross Kahler, John Pindroch, Joe Musial and Bill Slenker.

Shot Down makes a personal connection with Howard Snyder and the other veterans, their families through video interviews, news stories and articles. As you read this extraordinary story of what happened after the B-17, Susan Ruth, was shot down, we hope you will share your own stories and resources by making comments and sharing your own story and resources about this important passage of time in history.

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Winner of 25 book awards, the hardcover book has more than 200-time period photographs of the people who were involved and the places where their stories took place. The eBook has 24 photos.”

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About your host Bill Muckler:

Bill Muckler is a long-time contributor is The Liberty Beacon Project and has appeared on numerous TLB radio and TV shows. He was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri; graduated from Christian Brothers College High School (an Army Junior ROTC School) and received a B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While at Mizzou, he spent two years in Air Force ROTC.

Bill entered the USMC Officer Candidate Course in Quantico, VA upon graduation and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant; spent four and one-half years on active duty, and then eleven years as a Ready Reservist. He holds the permanent rank of Captain and held a Top Secret Security Clearance.

As an entrepreneur, Bill founded Muckler Typographic Corporation in St. Louis, MO. He was the owner and operator of that small business which provided typography services for Ad Agencies, Art Studios, Printers and Lithographers for ten years.

Bill has been a Work Process Management Consultant for 40 years and eventually an owner and director of his consultancy. His firm assessed business operations, conducted management and leadership training, and implemented process solutions as a problem solver in energy, mining, manufacturing, construction, fabrication, assembly, technology, food processing, health care and communications at more than 300 locations over the past 40 years.

Bill has three children: Angela, Christa and Christian; five grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He has lived in St. Louis, Columbia, Ferguson and St. Charles in Missouri. Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii. Panama City, Marco Island, St. Augustine and Cocoa, Florida. He has worked in, visited or travelled to 45 states, eleven countries and numerous islands in many seas.

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