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Honored World War II veteran comes back to Okinawa, remembers the soldiers he left behind

Ted Bell, right, is accompanied by Col. Sheila Bryant, commander of the 10th Regional Support Group at Torii Station, Okinawa, Japan, during a ceremony where Bell, a former member of the 77th Infantry Division, was presented the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions against the enemy during the battle for Okinawa during World War II.
Ted Bell, right, is accompanied by Col. Sheila Bryant, commander of the 10th Regional Support Group at Torii Station, Okinawa, Japan, during a ceremony where Bell, a former member of the 77th Infantry Division, was presented the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions against the enemy during the battle for Okinawa during World War II.
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OKINAWA, Japan -- The top of the sharp ridge near the town of Naha looked so much different than it did nearly 68 years ago, the last time Ted Bell was on it. On May 17, 1945, he crouched in a foxhole, dead men all around him, as Japanese soldiers pummeled his Easy Company, 77th Infantry Division, with artillery and small arms fire from all sides. Last Saturday, Bell stood among banyan trees in what ...

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