Stranded in the Philippines is based on the memoirs of Professor Henry Roy Bell and his wife Edna. After graduation from Emporia College in Kansas, they had gone to the Philippines in 1921 to teach at Silliman, a missionary school founded by Presbyterians in 1901. The Bell family was stranded in the Philippines after the attack on Pearl Harbor. This is their story - from that shocking first day until they were evacuated by a submarine on February 6, 1944.
When the Japanese occupied their island of Negros, Prof. Bell first took his family into the hills to avoid Japanese soldiers on the coast. But in time, some of Bell's recent students climbed to the Bell family's retreat and persuaded Bell to support them in their harassment of Japanese soldiers-but only in food.
Yet in time, the young men acquired enough arms on their own to clash with the nearby enemy garrison. They inflicted heavy losses and fatally wounded the garrison commander. By steps, he became fully involved with the resistance. He became a major in the island-wide guerrilla force which he helped organize an intelligence network for MacArthur's headquarters.
However, despite the network organisation's success, the Bell family was facing certain capture. With the help from the now well-organised guerrilla forces, the family crossed the island for evacuation by the huge cargo submarine Narwhal when it delivered arms and ammunition for the guerrillas the night of the rendezvous.
A brave, inspiring tale of survival and defiance in the face of bitter adversity, Professor Bell's story is of interest to all those wanting to hear more about how individuals helped the Allies win the war.
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.