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Ernest Ikenberry, a missionary of the Church of the Brethren in La Verne, flashes a smile next to the new memorial plaque that has just been added in the church. The plaque is a memorial to three Brethren missionaries that were captured in China and killed during the Japanese/Chinese war in 1937. / photo by Erica Paal

Dr. Ikenberry recalls stories of war

Four years before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan declared war on China. Within weeks in late 1937, Japanese troops occupied large parts of Northern China, an area where American missionaries from the Church of the Brethren were active. Three of them were carried off by the Japanese and disappeared on Dec. 2, 1937.

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