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John Birch

AKA John Morrison Birch

Born: 28-May-1918
Birthplace: Landour, India
Died: 25-Aug-1945
Location of death: Suchow, China
Cause of death: Execution
Remains: Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

Gender: Male
Religion: Baptist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Religion, Spy

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Missionary to China killed during WW2

Christian missionary and US spy in China, taken prisoner eleven days after V-J day by Communist soldiers, who shot him for refusing to disarm. Never famous in life, he became the namesake of the John Birch Society, a conservative Christian anti-communist organization created 9 December 1958, thirteen years after his death.

Father: George Snider Birch (Christian missionary, b. 8-Sep-1892, d. 17-Jul-1992)
Mother: Ethel Mae Ellis Birch (Christian missionary, b. 9-Nov-1890, d. 2-Sep-1977)
Brother: Walter Ellis Birch (b. 10-Feb-1920)
Brother: George Stanley Birch (b. 25-Jun-1921)
Sister: Elizabeth Birch ("Betty", b. 30-Dec-1922)
Brother: Herbert Warren Birch (b. Mar-1925)
Brother: Robert Graham Birch (b. 21-Mar-1927)

    High School: Lanier High School for Boys, Macon, GA
    University: Mercer University (1940)
    Theological: Bible Baptist Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX

    OSS Agent intelligence analyst
    Distinguished Service Medal posthumous
    Legion of Merit (17-Jul-1944)
    Taken Prisoner of War
    Shot Suchow, China (25-Aug-1945)
    Religious Mission to China (1940-42)
    John Birch Society Namesake
    Risk Factors: Malaria

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