Baldwinsville Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider was born on Jan. 8, 1988, and grew up like most kids in upstate New York.
He was a 2006 graduate of Baker High School, where he played baseball, football and ran track. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. After high school, he attended Onondaga Community College’s criminal justice program. With the drive to help others, in March 2008 he joined the United States Marine Corps and graduated from Marine Corp Recruit Training at Parris Island, SC, in June 2008.
While at Parris Island, Schneider was a dedicated Marine. He was screened and accepted into Presidential Support Duty at Marine Barracks 8th & I. After graduating recruit training, he attended the School of Infantry at Camp Geiger, NC, and earned the Military Occupational Skill of 0311, Infantryman. Schneider then reported to Marine Corps Security Force School in Chesapeake, VA.
Upon his graduation from Security Force School, he reported to 8th & I, where he served well until when he volunteered for and was transferred to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 3rd Platoon. In January 2011, he was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the II Marine Expeditionary Force. He operated with his platoon out of Patrol Base Amoo and Patrol Base Hanjar in the Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
His military awards consist of: Purple Heart(double recipient), Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, ISAF NATO Medal.
He survived a direct IED blast while on patrol in May 2011. After care for his injuries and observation at FOB Leatherneck, Cpl. Schneider insisted he be sent back to his combat outpost in Sangin. He would not leave his men to whom he was devoted, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.