War Memoirs of the Rev. William and Jean McMurdie

By Ryan C. MacPherson

Rev. of Hey Mac!, by William McMurdie, and Land of the Mourning, by Jean McAnlis McMurdie Oak Leaves (Evangelical Lutheran Synod Historical Society) 5, no. 4 (Feb. 2002): 1–2, 4–5.



During the Second World War, the Lord graciously preserved the lives of Jean McAnlis, the daughter of a Presbyterian medical missionary in the Philippines, and William McMurdie, a Missouri Synod Lutheran from California who was drafted to serve his country in the European Theater of Operations. Jean was hiding with her family in the hills during the hot summer of 1942, when Japanese occupation forces discovered them. American soldiers finally rescued the McAnlises from an internment camp in 1945. Meanwhile, Bill had been enduring the cold winter of 1945-1945 near the center of the "bulge" for which the Battle of the Bulge was later named. Resisting Hitler's last western offensive, he dodged bullets and artillery, fired back, and occasionally found time to write his parents that he was still alive. ...


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