It is with great sadness that the Blackhorse Association reports the passing of James Glenn Snodgrass, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.) on December 9, 2023.
Glenn epitomized what it meant to be a Blackhorse Trooper. He served with the Regiment in Vietnam as a platoon leader and troop executive officer in A Troop, 1st Squadron. In Germany, he was Executive Officer of 1st Squadron, Regimental Adjutant, and Commander of 1st Squadron. In retirement, he organized a number of Blackhorse Reunions in Germany and later served as the President of the Blackhorse Association for four years. For his long-standing contributions to the Armor community, he was awarded the Order of St. George Gold Medallion by the U.S. Cavalry and Armor Association.
A superb leader and professional, Glenn generated great loyalty from those who served under him, and he had great respect from those who served with him. His calm demeanor and cheerfulness were cherished by all who knew him. His support for the Regiment over several decades helped create the Blackhorse Association as it is today.
The Blackhorse Association mourns Glenn’s passing, and we acknowledge the long-lasting effects and contributions that he has had on the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the troopers with whom he served. He will be missed by countless troopers, friends, and family members.
When we have details of Glenn’s memorial service, we will publish them in a future E-News.
Below is a more detailed story of Glenn’s life and career (from Gettysburg College’s website).
Colonel Snodgrass, a Pennsylvania native, graduated in 1967 as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the ROTC program at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and was commissioned into the Regular Army as an armor officer. His early troop assignments included: platoon leader in the First Squadron, 17th Cavalry in the 82nd Airborne Division; platoon leader and executive officer of A Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (in Vietnam); and Squadron S-3 and K Troop Commander in the 6th Armored Cavalry Regiment. His military schooling included the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox, the Airborne and Ranger Courses and the Infantry Officer Advanced Course at Fort Benning, GA, the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA, and the Senior Service College Advanced Operational Studies Fellowship taught at Fort Leavenworth, KS, at the School of Advanced Military Studies. He earned a Master of Science degree from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1975. He taught tank gunnery at the Armor School at Fort Knox, ROTC at Gettysburg College, and a seminar at the School of Advanced
Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth.
His senior command and staff assignments included: Executive Officer of the First Squadron of the 11th ACR in Fulda, Germany (1979-1981). Regimental Adjutant, 11th ACR (1981-1982); Commander of the First Squadron of the 11th ACR in Fulda, Germany (1985-1987), where his squadron Boeselager team won, for the first and only time by the United States Army, the prestigious German armored reconnaissance International Boeselager Cup competition in 1987, finishing ahead of teams from 10 other NATO countries; Director of the War Plans Section of NATO’s Central Army Group (CENTAG) during the last stage of the Cold War, supervising military planners from the US, France, Canada, and Germany; Chief Judge of the 1991 Canadian Army Trophy, a major tank gunnery competition between NATO countries (only the second American Chief Judge in the history of the competition); Brigade-level Commander of Grafenwoehr Training Area, the largest U.S. training area in Europe; Brigade-level Commander of a 4000-person (2000 Americans and 2000 Germans) Area Support Group in Germany that operated three military training areas and six military communities, two of which were selected as Army “Communities of Excellence” and awarded $1million prizes; and Chief of Staff of the Operational Test and Evaluation Command.
His awards include the Legion of Merit (2), the Soldier’s Medal, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal (3), and the Joint Service and Army Commendation Medals (3).
Upon retirement from the Army, Colonel Snodgrass worked 15 years in the defense industry – 10 with Science Applications International Corporation (as a Program Manager and Division Manager) and five with DynCorp International (as the senior program management trainer). His primary post-retirement army contributions have supported the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the Blackhorse Association. Beginning in 1998, he chaired a committee that hosted several reunions of the 11th Cavalry in Germany and the United States to honor the Border Legion (of the Cold War era) and in support of the Blackhorse Association, which helped to spur renewed interest in the Association. At the reunion in Williamsburg in 2012, he was elected President of the Blackhorse Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization representing troopers, veterans, and friends of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse), and served in that capacity until June of 2016. In 2006, he was named to the Board of Directors of the National Armor and Cavalry Heritage Foundation.
Halfway down the trail to Hell,
In a shady meadow green
Are the Souls of all dead Troopers camped,
Near a good old-time canteen.
And this eternal resting place
Is known as Fiddlers’ Green.
Marching past, straight through to Hell
The Infantry are seen.
Accompanied by the Engineers,
Artillery and Marines,
For none but the shades of Cavalrymen
Dismount at Fiddlers’ Green.
Though some go curving down the trail
To seek a warmer scene.
No Trooper ever gets to Hell
Ere he’s emptied his canteen.
And so rides back to drink again
With friends at Fiddlers’ Green.
And so when man and horse go down
Beneath a saber keen,
Or in a roaring charge of fierce melee
You stop a bullet clean,
And the hostiles come to get your scalp,
Just empty your canteen,
And put your pistol to your head
And go to Fiddlers’ Green.
Glenn Snodgrass, RIP 2023. See you in Fiddler’s Green.