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For God and Country

by Jane Ingraham

Review: The Secret File on John Birch, by James and Marti Hefley.

It is difficult to write about the life and death of Captain John Birch, Baptist missionary to China and U.S. Army Air Force intelligence officer in World War II. His story is at once so beautiful and inspiring, yet set against acts so base and pernicious, that our emotions are torn between compassion for his early death and outrage at those who made it possible.

The Secret File on John Birch - $12.95

The biography of a Christian missionary and U.S. intelligence agent in China during World War II. The “complete” story of his life is told here for the first time due to the declassification of essential documents. The U.S. government, for political reasons, kept the information in this book secret — particularly the facts about his murder by the Chinese Communists. (1995 ed, 203pp, pb) [Order] [Checkout]

Here in the fate of one man the treacherous policies of the Roosevelt and Truman Administrations in the China theater during the 1940s are glaringly illuminated. For John Birch would have lived to do much good had it not been for the Insider plan to destroy the Nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek and turn China over to the Chinese Communists.

It is against this background that James and Marti Hefley assembled their splendid biography, The Secret File on John Birch, first published in 1980 and now appearing in a revised and updated edition. With meticulous attention to detail, the Hefleys pursued every possible lead for authentic information both written and oral, personally interviewing just about everyone who had ever known John Birch, from family members to General Albert Wedemeyer, Birch's commanding officer in China. Although written in the form of a novel, which means that the authors assumed knowledge of conversations and thoughts they were not actually privy to, the intimate knowledge the Hefleys gained of John Birch's character and beliefs allows fact and imagination to meld into a realistic and seamless whole.

Early Calling

The reader first meets John Birch as a two-year-old arriving in the U.S. from India (where he was born) in 1920 with his missionary parents, who settled "back home" in Macon, Georgia, where Birches had lived for generations. The eldest of seven children, John showed signs at an early age of intellectual brilliance and a strong attraction to fundamental Christianity. At the age of 11 he announced to the family that the Lord was calling him to the mission field. Throughout his education at Mercer University, from which he graduated magna cum laude (and was named for a Rhodes scholarship!), John never deviated from this decision. His dream was realized in 1939, when at the age of 21 he left home for China, even though much of China was occupied by the invading Japanese in a devastating war that had already been raging for three years.

What John found in China were thousands dying every day from famine, disease, and Japanese bombs, with their cities leveled and their villages burned to ashes. Missionaries were attempting to feed the starving, nurse the wounded, and preach in between. But before John could be of any help he had to learn to speak the difficult Chinese language, which he did in less than a year with the highest grades ever achieved.

The Japanese were not the only enemy Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist army was battling. For an even longer time China had been struggling against a destructive Communist insurrection led by the Moscow-trained Chou En-lai and Mao Tse-tung. Although the Communists had no desire for Japan to take over the country they had marked for their own, they played a waiting game, a hindrance to Chiang Kai-shek.

After graduation from language school, John Birch began to travel and preach throughout China, covering thousands of miles on foot, on bicycle, and in sampans. Time and again he risked his life by going behind the Japanese lines, bringing comfort and hope to despairing people. In vividly descriptive passages, the Hefleys give an eye-opening account of what it meant to be a missionary in the China of the 1940s. Always penniless, eating and sleeping wherever and whenever he could, frequently laid low by malaria, John's superb physical endurance made it possible for him to reach areas, even in Free China, that had been isolated for years.

As Japan's offenses became more furious, the State Department ordered all missionaries out. John Birch refused to go. He had become known and loved by thousands of Chinese, while he himself had decided in his heart to devote his life to the Chinese people. But the entry of the U.S. into the war after Pearl Harbor brought a profound problem to John. As a clergyman he was exempt from the draft. Should he volunteer? Would this mean he would have to give up preaching? In spite of his deeply held religious beliefs, John was no pacifist. He reasoned that the Japanese had to be defeated in order to get on with the real battle -- the battle to bring the Word of God to the Chinese people.

An Offer of Service

One of the ways the authors help the reader feel close to John Birch is by reproducing many of his letters, both intensely personal and official ones. The letter he wrote to the American military mission in Chungking offering his services as an Army chaplain is a particularly precious find. One wonders how this letter ever survived the war, particularly since the American mission was a temporary set-up. Even though admired worldwide as the famous Flying Tigers under General Claire Chennault, who had been hired by Chiang Kai-shek as his air adviser, these daring pilots were volunteer mercenaries and not a part of the U.S. military.

Meanwhile, John accidentally became the rescuer of General James Doolittle following the legendary U.S. Air Force raid on Tokyo. Eighty heroic flyers had been instructed to continue west until they ran out of fuel over China, then abandon their planes. A number of these men were located and led to safety by John Birch.

General Claire Chennault, who was idolized by the Chinese for his incredible successes against the Japanese, immediately appointed John as his "intelligence department," with permission to preach whenever possible. Commissioned a second lieutenant, John for the first time came face to face with the ugly fact that there were Americans in high positions who were manipulating events in China for the benefit of the Chinese Communists and the defeat of Chiang Kai-shek.

The shameful story of the betrayal of China by Roosevelt, Truman, Dean Acheson, General George Marshall, and many others has been told numerous times, yet it bears repeating so that Americans will never forget. Although it is not the intention of the Hefleys to retell the entire story, they do an admirable job of getting across the essentials, except for their puzzling whitewashing of Roosevelt, the architect of the betrayal at Yalta. We learn how General "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell, surrounding himself with pro-Communists and consumed with hatred for Chiang, did everything in his power to humiliate and hamstring Chennault and prevent him from aiding Chiang. His accomplice in this treachery was General Clayton Bissell, who controlled the allocation of scarce fuel and was therefore able to ground as many Flying Tigers as he dared. These two obstructionists were finally able to force Chennault's outfit into the regular Army Air Force with Chennault taking orders from Stilwell, who transferred the force to the far west near the Himalayas, which was logistically ridiculous.

Hero's Death

During the last months of the war, while Japan was attempting to surrender and Truman was prolonging hostilities to give the Soviets time to enter, share in the spoils, and arm the Chinese Communists, John Birch was performing valuable service through a network of spies to spot Japanese shipping and planes. Japan's unconditional surrender was finally accepted on August 14, 1945. By this time Chennault had retired for reasons of ill health and an outcry in the U.S. had caused the recall of Stilwell. His replacement, General Albert Wedemeyer, was well aware of the Communist menace and was quickly moving to have Japanese commanders surrender to Americans before Communists took over their bases and airfields, which they immediately started doing as if they had won the war. To this end he dispatched Captain John Birch to a large Japanese facility in Suchow, several hundred miles away.

John set out in a party of 11; their route lay through territory thick with armed Communists. Several times they were forced to stop by surly Communists who threatened to kill them and demanded their equipment. Finally they were halted by a group of Communists with rifles aimed at them. For over an hour John and his Chinese aide, separated from the others, were given a hostile runaround while attempting to see the commanding officer and obtain permission to pass. John, who was wearing his full uniform with its Flying Tiger emblem, became increasingly vexed at the disrespect and arrogance of the Communists, reminding them that the war was over and there were no more enemies.

When an officer suddenly gave the command to disarm John, his aide tried to intervene and was shot in the thigh. Then a command was given to shoot John, who was also hit in the thigh. His ankles were then bound and he was forced to kneel for execution. He was shot in the back of the head and his face smashed with bayonets, as was that of his aide, who was left for dead. This man survived to tell the tale. So it was that John Birch died, without ever knowing that the China for which he had given his all to help save had been betrayed into Communist hands by his own nation's leaders.

When Wedemeyer heard of the murder, he went directly to Ambassador Patrick Hurley's office; coincidentally, both Mao and Chou En-lai were there. The scene that followed is one of the most sickening in the book, with Wedemeyer helpless to do anything but demand an investigation and Mao promising that the criminals would be punished, while at that very moment Hurley was under orders from Truman to force Chiang to accept the Communists into a coalition government -- the beginning of the end.

Exposing the Truth

When Wedemeyer sent the file on John Birch to the War Department it was stamped Top Secret and placed under lock and key. The official report received by John's parents read: "There was a clash between Chinese Central Government forces and irregular Chinese troops and your son was struck by a stray bullet ... his death was instantaneous and without pain."

The only politician known to have acted honorably was Senator William Knowland (R-CA), who exposed the purpose of the cover-up. Clearly, it was to prevent Americans from discovering that we had destroyed our friends in China and raised up our enemies, who remain in power to this day, still slaughtering their own people.

In 1950 candy manufacturer Robert Welch read Knowland's stirring speech and was deeply affected by both the tragedy and the perfidy. When he founded his own anti-Communist freedom organization in 1958, he named it the John Birch Society in honor of Captain John Birch, a truly great American hero.



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