John R. Barnes, one-time secretary of the West German Mission, was among the missionaries evacuated from Germany on 25 August 1939, at the opening of World War II. He entered the U.S. Army and fought in Europe, eventually reaching his former mission field at the end of the war. Elder/Major Barnes was the first American Latter-day Saint to reestablish contact with the German Saints of Frankfurt in the first days after the end of the war. His report (from early June, I think, although I do not have the exact date) is addressed to Thomas E. McKay, acting president of the European Mission.
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