WWII vet recalls Pearl Harbor attack
PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR 89 year old William Howell holds a group photo which includes himself taken when he joined the navy in 1941. The photo is of Company 41-80 at the US Naval Training Station in San Diego. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Saturday is the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan.
It was a day of treachery that ended with 2,403 Americans killed, 1,178 wounded, 21 ships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet either damaged or sunk, and the Casus belli that launched the United States into World War II.
Many survivors of that day have since died, but Bill Howell, 89, of Diamond Springs, is still with us.
The last, he says, of the Pearl Harbor survivors in El Dorado County.
Howell said he had a bird's-eye view of the attack as he was aboard the USS Phoenix, a light cruiser moored at Pearl Harbor. Only 17 at the time and trained as a helmsman, he was also ... Continue Reading