Loyde P. “Snake” Arender

Loyde P. 'Snake' Arender

United States Marine Corps

Enlisted: 28 June 1968
Discharged: 26 March 1971

Military Occupational Specialty (MOS: 0331) Machine Gunner/Infantry
Combat Unit: Kilo Co 3rd BN, 26th Marines

Loyde was a member of Platoon 1035 which graduated on September 4, 1968. His Drill Instructors were: Gunnery Sergeant C.C. Dean, Staff Sergeant D.C. Puckett, and Sergeant J. Demumbrum.

At least 2 Marines who were in Platoon 1035 were Killed-In-Action in Vietnam. Platoon Honorman and Blues Award: Ralph Terence Lomen (KIA: June 7, 1969) and Donald Arthur Martin (KIA: December 12, 1969).

While serving with the 26th Marine Regiment, Loyde was a part of, attached to, or op-con with the following three divisions: 1st, 3rd, 5th. For a while, he was also under the command of the 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade (9th MAB).

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