John Birch

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Birthday
28, 1918
Birthplace
India
Death Date
Aug 25, 1945 (27)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
28, 1918
Birthplace
India
Death Date
Aug 25, 1945 (27)

About

Remembered for his death at the hands of Chinese communists, this 20th-century Baptist missionary and World War II-era United States Office of Strategic Services intelligence officer was the posthumous recipient of a Distinguished Service Medal.

Before Fame

He graduated in 1939 from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and went on to train as a missionary at Texas' Fundamental Baptist Bible Institute. He arrived in China in 1940.

Trivia

His death resulted in the establishment of a right-wing, anti-communist organization called the John Birch Society.

Family Life

Born in the Indian state of Uttarakhand to American Baptist missionary parents, he grew up primarily in New Jersey and Georgia, U.S.A.

Associated With

After military pilot James "Jimmy" Doolittle crashed his plane in China during World War II, Birch ushered him to safety.