COLUMBIA — South Carolina Educational Television is airing the story of World War II veteran Ted Bell, who led a daring attack in 1945 to secure a Japanese ridge.
The documentary “Ted Bell and the Ridge” premiered last week and airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, on ETV’s South Carolina Channel. Bell led 200 men on a near-suicide mission on Okinawa’s heavily fortified Ishimi Ridge. Only 22 men survived the three-day assault. His efforts earned him the second-highest award for valor in combat, the Distinguished Service Cross. He is The Citadel’s most-decorated WWII veteran.
Bell returned to the battle site earlier this year with a film crew.
The show marks the third installment of ETV’s Man and Moment series. It’s part of the documentary project South Carolinians in World War II, a partnership between ETV and The State newspaper.