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Bernard Vaughn Baley

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Bernard Vaughn Baley

Baley, Bernard Vaughn. b. August 5, 1910, Arnett, Oklahoma; Single; Clerk and Student; CP 1933 section organizer; received passport# 31387 San Francisco series on September 1, 1937 which listed his address as 1579 Stoddard, San Bernardino, California; Sailed September 25, 1937 aboard the Laconia; Arrived in Spain on October 8, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Special MG Co. attached to Estado Mayor;  Served at Teruel, was 1st gunner on a maxim;  Sent to hospital after contracting bronchal pneumonia; After recovery went to the MacKenzie-Papineau BN;  Served at Retreats; In May after another hospital stay for illness rejoined MacKenzie-Papineau BN, Co. 4;  Served in Ebro Offensive; Returned to the US on November 5, 1938 aboard the President Roosevelt; WWII Merchant Marines; d. February 28, 2001, California; Wrote a book of poetry, Handgrenades, with many poems related to his service in Spain.

Source: Sail, SACB, Cadre, XV BDE, RA, (obituary) The Volunteer, Volume 23, no. 3, p. 21; (obituary) The Volunteer, Volume 23, No. 3, September 2001, p. 21; Barney Baley, Handgrenades, Ancestry.

Photograph: Baley (bottom right). Photograph courtesy Barney Baley.

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Additional Notes Barney Baley, born in Arnett, Oklahoma, died on February 28, 2001, after a long illness. An active member of the San Francisco Bay Area Post, he had served in the merchant marine during World War II and worked as a construction laborer afterward. After serving in the Lincoln Brigade, he returned to his home in southern California and wrote a book of poetry, titled Hand Grenades, that was published in 1942. The poems were both political and autobiographical, and we publish a few selections to remember this otherwise quiet man. The last poem was written in 1999.