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Clarence Kailin


Wisconsin Volunteers

Kailin, Clarence. (“Slim”); b. August 20, 1914, Madison, Wisconsin; Russian American; Graduated from Wisconsin  High School and attended the University of Wisconsin; Single; Student and Driver; YCL and CP; received passport# 362377 on January 19, 1937 which listed his address as 1820 Vilas Street (Avenue), Madison, Wisconsin; Sailed January 23, 1937 aboard the Champlain; Arrived in Spain on February 2, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln and Lincoln-Washington BN; Infantry later Transmissions, last unit Lincoln-Washington BN, Co. 2, rank Soldado, seriously wounded during the Ebro Offensive; Returned to the US on December 15, 1938 aboard the Paris; d. October 25, 2009, Madison, Wisconsin. 

Source: Sail, SACB, Cadre; Lincoln, Pay, RA, Clarence Kailin, John W. Cookson, A Wisconsin Volunteer in the Spanish Civil War [published in Spanish].

Photograph: Wisconsin volunteers (standing) Fred Palmer, Harry Lichter, Ray Disch; (seated) John Cookson, Clarence Kailin. Photograph Clarence Kailin.


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Kailin signing his citizenship papers at the Spanish Consulate in Chicago, Illinois.

Kailin after signing citizenship papers at the Spanish Consulate in Chicago, Illinois.

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Last Name Kailin
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Additional Notes Volunteer at Jarama who got into trouble for going to the lines wearing only his shirt and underwear.