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Robert Bell and Michael Harvey
Robert Bell and Michael Harvey

Robert Bell was 11 years old in August 1942. At that time he was returning to the United States from Africa’s Gold Coast (now Ghana) on a freighter ship after serving with his mother, sister and others on a mission trip on the continent. On August 30th, the freighter was sunk by a German submarine in open water. Numerous casualties were sustained, but many passengers and crew members survived 20 days on a raft prior to their rescue. Robert Bell recently talked with his son-in-law Michael Harvey about the sinking, their subsequent days at sea, and his perception of the event many years later.

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