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J. Estel Bell

Estel Bell

Interviewed 21 August 1991
James Estel Bell was born in New Richmond on November 13, 1906. He graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1925 and was working as a retail manager when he was drafted in March 1944. Mr. Bell was assigned to the 29th Infantry Division, 175th Regiment. He received the Bronze Star in 1945: "On November 26, 1944, Pvt. Bell rendered outstanding service during the enemy counter-attack against the town of ----------, Germany.  Notwithstanding the intensity of enemy fire of all calibers, Pvt. Bell voluntarily carried a message to the command post, reporting the approach of hostile tanks. Pvt. Bell displayed, in this action, a standard of courage that reflects the greatest credit upon himself and the Military Service."