While serving with the US Army in Vietnam and in Laos, Richard M. Snow, Jr. Was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster for valorous actions. He distinguished himself while participating in aerial flight. On both occasions he braved extremely intense enemy fire while entering the hostile area. He maintained his helicopter in a vulnerable position to attempt the rescue of trapped personnel on April 24, 1968 and on February 8, 1971 he placed devastating fire on enemy positions while in support of Army of the Republic of Vietnam forces engaging the enemy during offensive operations in Laos.
On January 16, 1971, while serving in Vietnam, Richard M. Snow Jr. Received the Air Medal with valor for heroic action while participating in aerial flight in the vicinity of an abandoned firebase. On that date he destroyed an enemy antiaircraft site that had placed intense fire on an aerial reconnaissance team and then continued his assault on the enemy positions until the mission was complete and resulted in the destruction of an enemy bunker complex.
He retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army and is currently employed by Sparta, Inc. Colonel Snow is a native of Pennsylvania and has been a Huntsville resident since 1986.