Ted Bell made the trip back to Okinawa, and specifically wanted to go back to the battleground he fought on.
Retired Col. Ted Bell, 93, returned to Okinawa for the first time in more than 67 years, with a documentary film crew that is making a movie about his experiences as a company commander with the 77th Infantry Division. Bell earned the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions during a brutal three-day battle on Ishimmi Ridge. Bell also earned a Silver Star and two Bronze Stars during his 30 years of service. The documentary will air on South Carolina's public television stations in September.
"I want to go back to that ridge," Bell said. "I don't care if I don't see anything else."Nothing I type could communicate properly how much our nation owes to veterans like Ted Bell. My thanks to you, sir and I hope and pray this trip helps you have some closure to your experiences in battle. He is a warrior to this day and I'm so glad he received some recognition for his service.