John Birch Was First Recorded Cold War Death

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The first recorded death in the Cold War occurred on Aug. 25, 1945 — one week before VJ Day — when Chinese Communists murdered a Baptist missionary and United States Army Captain named John Birch. Although the U.S. State Department tried to cover up the details of his death, the story was related in the book, The Life of John Birch, written by Robert Welch in 1954.

Four years later, Welch named the anti-Communist organization he founded the John Birch Society after the young man who had inspired him so much. The organization, whose motto is, “Less government, more responsibility, and — with God’s help — a better world,” became one of the most vilified groups in U.S. history.

Like Senator Joe McCarthy before them, they must have been doing something right.

— Chip Wood

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Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of PersonalLiberty.com. He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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