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John Birch
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Military Personnel
    (May 8, 1918-August 25, 1945)
    Born in Landour, India
    Christian missionary in China
    American Military Intelligence officer in China during World War II
    Killed by Chinese Communists ten days after World War II ended
    Described as 'the first casualty of the Cold War'
    During his senior year at Mercer University, he organized a student group to identify examples of 'heresy' by professors, such as the teaching of evolution.
    A classmate said, 'He was always an angry young man, always a zealot.'
    Major Gustave Krause, the commanding officer of his OSS base, said, 'Birch is a good officer, but is too brash and may run into trouble.'
    Krause also concluded, 'Militarily, John Birch brought about his own death.'
    Robert Welch, Jr., named the ultra-right wing John Birch Society after him.
    He eluded Japanese forces sent to arrest him after Pearl Harbor.
    He helped Jimmy Doolittle and other crewmen from the raid on Tokyo reach safety.
    He organized an extensive intelligence network of Chinese informants.
    At the time of his death, he was leading a mission to reach Allied personnel in a Japanese prison camp.
    He was shot, bayonetted 15 times and thrown on a garbage dump.
    He received a posthumous Distinguished Service Cross.

Credit: C. Fishel


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