We, the comrades of Unit 1012, will honor and remember Amanda Jean Snell, a Navy Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class, every year on January 19 and July 13. We offer our utmost condolences to her family members left behind. We wish her a Happy Birthday today
We present her this quote from Ode of Remembrance, where we use it to remember fallen soldiers:
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.At the going down of the sun and in the morning,We will remember them.”
|Spec Amanda Jean Snell (January 19, 1989 to July 13, 2009) [PHOTO SOURCE: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=117659875&PIpi=89388875]|
Let us remember how she lived on this earth:
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|Spec Amanda Jean Snell (January 19, 1989 to July 13, 2009) [PHOTO SOURCE: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=117659875&PIpi=89388835]|
Jan. 19, 1989
San Bernardino County
Jul. 13, 2009
Amanda J. Snell, 20, of Las Vegas, Nev., passed away Monday, July 13, 2009, in Virginia.
She was born Jan. 19, 1989, in Twenty Nine Palms.
Amanda served in the U.S. Navy. She held the rank of Navy Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class. She was stationed in Arlington, Va. She graduated from Chapparal High School in Las Vegas, Nev. in June 2007. Amanda was very active in the High School ROTC Program as well as several local charities. She did her basic training at Great Lakes, Mich. and attended the Navy School in Dam Neck, Va., from there she was transferred to her current post in Virginia, where she received current rank of E-5. She was also a active member and participant of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church as a Youth Minister in Alexandria, Va.
Survivors: Mother, Cynthia Snell of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Alexander Snell of Las Vegas, Nev.; and grandmother, Jean Alexander of Salinas; along with several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral services: 2 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 570 Larkin St., Salinas.
Burial with full military honors: Will be held at the Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott St., Salinas.
Memorials: Contributions may be made to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 570 Larkin St., Salinas, Calif. 93907 or Children's National Autism Society, 393 City Road, London EC1V1NG UK/NAS@NAS.org.uk.
Arrangements: Healey Mortuary & Crematory, 405 N. Sanborn Road, Salinas, www.healeymortuary.com.
Memorial honors Sailor's life
By Michael Norris Pentagram Assistant Editor
A photo of the Sailor and personal effects were on display for mourners.
A memorial service was held for Navy Petty Officer Amanda Jean Snell Aug. 6 at Fort Myer's Memorial Chapel. Snell, 20, an intelligence specialist 2nd class who served as the work center supervisor for the Chief of Naval Operations Intelligence Plot, died July 13.
Emphasizing "a celebration of life," the service brought Family members, friends, co-workers and her commander together to recall Snell's memory.
Chap. Kimberly Sawatsky, Navy, recalled Snell's work as a youth minister at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Alexandria, as well as her volunteer service in an organization helping people with autism.
‘‘I talked to her many friends and they told me how much she gave back to the community," Sawatsky said. ‘‘They know for sure that Amanda was in heaven — even those who have no faith believe that for sure."
Snell's supervisor, Cmdr. Mara Motherway, executive assistant to the director of Naval Intelligence, recalled the Sailor's abilities and sense of purpose.
‘‘For those of us who knew Petty Officer Snell, we know her devotion and loyalty extended far beyond her immediate Family. She would do anything to help someone — anytime, anywhere, anyplace," Motherway said. ‘‘She didn't hold back. She was loyal, honest, kind and generous.
‘‘She didn't just want to be a Sailor — she wanted to be a great Sailor. She knew to do that, she had to sprint from the starting line."
Motherway explained that one of the jobs for Sailors on their first assignment in her division was to deliver briefing books to various admirals around the Pentagon.
‘‘And the books cannot be late," the commander emphasized. ‘‘What you probably don't know, is that Petty Officer Snell could get two 10 pound bags through a quarter mile maze and four flights of Pentagon stairs under two minutes ... wearing a skirt, heels and a knee brace."
‘‘There are many of you here today who saw Amanda during her ‘book runs' — you knew her as an energetic, happy and focused Sailor," Motherway said. ‘‘For Petty Officer Snell — the books were never late."
In conclusion, she added: ‘‘Petty Officer Snell is gone from this earth but she is very much with me every day. She had a positive impact on me, and as you well know, on everyone she met."
Intelligence Specialist Chief Petty Officer Jeremy Heyer, Snell's chief, also spoke of the Sailor's dedication and heart. He recalled having to tamp down her ‘‘bust down the door" enthusiasm shortly after their first meeting by posing the question, ‘‘How do you eat an elephant?
‘‘The answer to the riddle was, ‘One bite at a time,'" a concept he said the sailor came to embrace.
‘‘‘One bite at a time' became a very common staple of our conversation throughout the entire time I knew her," Heyer said. ‘‘She would tell me of her desire to be a leader like her old ROTC chief, [Intelligence Specialist 1st Class] Ping, or Commander Motherway. If you didn't know, she wanted to be the first female [Master Chief Petty Officer] of the Navy, she would tell you too — and she meant it. One bite at a time, shipmate, you've got to make [Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class] first. And so she did."
‘‘Petty Officer Snell is one of the ones chiefs don't get many of," Heyer continued. ‘‘One of the ones who really get it, one you can fire [up] and forget, [and] one you can mold easily into someone's relief someday. Amanda was one of the ones to make the next big changes in the Navy. She was one of ‘those' Sailors.
‘‘While her physical presence is no longer with us, she lives on in each of us. Her pride, professionalism, diligence to duty, attention to detail, energy and compassion is passed down, in good Sailor fashion of course, to each of her shipmates in CNO-IP."
The service concluded with U.S. Navy Band Petty Officer Amanda Polychronis singing the hymns ‘‘Amazing Grace" and ‘‘His Eye is On the Sparrow," as mourners gathered near the pulpit to examine a shadowbox that honored Snell.
Snell was born at Camp Pendleton, Calf., on Jan. 19, 1989. She graduated from Chapparal High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she attended ROTC. She enlisted in the Navy in August 2007.