April 22, 2013
Howie Snell and his wife, Marjorie, relax at their home Thursday.JC AMBERLYN/Miner
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On the day that still lives in infamy, Howard "Howie" Snell heard the deafening booms as he headed to the mess deck for breakfast. It was precisely five minutes before 8 a.m. and the 18-year-old sailor thought he had nothing to do on that Sunday morning nearly 72 years ago."I didn't know what it was," said Snell, 90, who joined the Navy while still in high school in February 1941.