HONORING HOWARD SNELL FOR HIS SERVICE AND DEDICATION TO OUR COUNTRY -- (Extensions of Remarks - July 22, 2004)
Mr. HALL. Mr. Speaker, I am honored today to recognize an outstanding veteran of World War II who dedicated much of his life in service to our country-Howard Snell of Tyler.
Mr. Snell devoted 21 years to service in the U.S. Navy, moving through the ranks from cook to chief sonar technician. During that time, he engaged in 17 World War II battles, including the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor and the monumental showdown at Midway.
Now at the age of 81, Mr. Snell has found himself in the middle of another battle-with cancer. Yet in a display of his trademark determination, Mr. Snell was one of the proud veterans present at the May 29 dedication of the National World War II Memorial in Washington. He postponed his first round of chemotherapy so that he could attend the ceremony, fearing that starting the treatment before his trip would cause him to miss the dedication-and that was simply not an option for this World War II veteran who serves as an official of the national Survivors of Pearl Harbor Association.
Throughout his life, Mr. Snell has upheld the high standards of conduct befitting a soldier and a gentleman. As we adjourn today, it is my privilege to recognize such an outstanding American and veteran-Mr. Howard Snell-and wish him well as he fights another of life's battles.