American missionaries Henry Roy Bell and his wife Edna had been teaching in the Philippines at Silliman University for twenty years when the Japanese invaded the islands after the attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of their guerilla war against the Japanese, from the time they took to the hills until they were secretly evacuated by submarine three years later. At first willing only to provide food to the young men covertly fighting against the Japanese, Bell eventually became fully involved in the Filipino resistance movement and rose to the rank of major in an island-wide guerrilla army. With a price on his head and his capture imminent, Bell, his wife, and two teenage sons were smuggled across the island and, on February 6, 1944, escaped on board a cargo submarine delivering arms and ammunition to the guerrillas.
This book is based on Bell's own memoir and expands upon a self-published work printed in the early 1990s that enjoyed great popularity with World War II collectors. In presenting Professor Bell's story, the author has drawn upon Bell's papers as well as the accounts of several other participants to give readers unique access to a dimension of the war known only to a few
Scott A. Mills served in the U.S. Navy as a communications officer during World War II, participating in the invasion of Okinawa and the occupation of Japan. After the war he served with U.S. Army intelligence and later with NASA for twenty years. A resident of Silver Spring, MD, he is also the author of a book about an Army Air Corps soldier captured by the Japanese.