AMERICAN LEGION DISTRICT 11
Jim Roberts Past National SAL Commander
When: September 20, 2014 6pm
Where: American Legion Post 271
775 N US Highway 1
Tickets: $15.00 Per Person
Contact Donna Artola
561-312-3616 Call or text
MC: Paul Martel
Join Post 71 in Lake Wales, FL for information and resources in Counseling Services, Vet Center Readjustment Counseling Program, Stress Treatment and Center for Sexual Trauma Services VAMC program.
When: Every First and Third Tuesday of every month
Time: 0900am - 1400pm
Location: American Legion Memorial Post 71
43 W Park Avenue Lake Wales, FL 33853
Contact: (863) 589-5689
Col. Elliott "Bud" Sydnor, (Ret.) 87 of Fernandina Beach FL passed away Friday morning, August 15, 2014 at Baptist Medical Center/Nassau. Col. Sydnor was born on June 6, 1927 in Auburn KY, the second of four children to the late Elliott and Ophelia Sydnor. He was a 1945 graduate of Auburn High School and immediately joined the United States Navy to aid in the war effort. Upon receiving his discharge from active duty in 1948, but continued in the U.S. Navy Reserve till 1950, Col. Sydnor enrolled in Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green KY. While in school he met the love of his life, Jean Richards and they were married in 1950. Upon graduation with a Bachelors in Physical Education, Col. Sydnor joined the U.S. Army in 1952.
He completed Ranger School in Fort Benning GA and served in the 160th and 23rd Infantry Regiment as Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Company Commander. After completing Special Forces training, Col. Sydnor served as Team Commander with the 77th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg. He served in Vietnam from October 1961 to June 1962 in Operation White Star and from August 1967 to August 1968. He then completed his Master's Degree at George Washington University and attended Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA. He trained and commanded the ground forces for the much successful Son Tay Raid, a mission to rescue POWs held in North Vietnam in November 1970. He earned his honorable discharge in 1981. Col. Sydnor was inducted in the Ranger Hall of Fame on June 18, 1992.
After his distinguished service in the military, Col. Sydnor along with his wife, came to Fernandina Beach Fl. He began a career as a security consultant for the U. S. Department of Energy until his retirement in 2012. In August of 2011 he was awarded the U.S. Department of Energy's Distinguished Service Award. He also was a substitute teacher for the Nassau County School Board for many years. He was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church of Fernandina Beach. Along with his parents, Col. Sydnor was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy Rowland and Sarah Dixon. He leaves behind his wife of nearly 60 years, Jean Sydnor of Fernandina Beach Fl. His son, William W. Sydnor and his wife Shelley of Lake Mary FL. His two daughters, Sara L. Sydnor and her husband Craig Cyphers of Jacksonville FL and Susan L. Levy and her husband Kirk of Colleyville TX. His sister, Anne Lockhart and her husband Jim from Russellville KY. His grandchildren, Lee Elliott Sydnor, Jessica Lynn Leonard and her husband Brandon, Jake H. Sydnor, Kristen Levy, Jennifer Levy and his two great-grandchildren, Cade Leonard and Emma Leonard. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday at the Memorial United Methodist Church with Reverend Beth Fogle-Miller officiating.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday at the funeral home. Col. Sydnor will be laid to rest at 11:30 pm on Friday at Jacksonville National Cemetery with full military honors. If so desired, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Foundation 4899 Belfort Rd #300, Jacksonville, FL 32256, or the Memorial United Methodist Church, 601 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034.