A gentleman named Anthony Ciccarella, of Newport, Kentucky, took seven letters that SP4 Steve Snyder, formerly of Alpha Company, S&T Battalion, 25th Infantry Division had sent to his wife (Snyder's) to the military intelligence group at Ft. Knox. The letters details several apparent war crimes during Snyder's service in Vietnam.
- His letter from 12 January 1970 claims that Snyder and his squad went into a village and were giving the local kids candy and cigarettes when they discovered that the children were booby-trapped. One soldier died, and the rest lined up the kids and shot them execution-style.
- On 16 January Snyder wrote that the squad looted $50 from the bodies of three Viet Cong.
- Four of the letters (22 Jan, 5 Feb, 19 March, 11 Sept) included claims that rather than take wounded Viet Cong prisoners, Snyder just shot them.
- When CID interviewed Snyder's wife, she told them she had destroyed a letter where he described "a black night when his unit killed everyone in an entire village."
Here's what I don't get: why would this guy think that his wife would be anything other than horrified by these incidents? The best outcome I can see would be her thinking that the war was horrible, and that he'd been changed by his service in it. The worst? Well, he came close when his letters got turned over to the authorities, but she also could have left him in abject horror at the type of person she'd married.