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Cleveland H. Moland Colbert


Colbert, Cleveland H. Moland. b. October 6, 1906, Old Spring Hill, Alabama; Crane operator in the steel industry and Aviator; No political affiliation; received passport# 364186 on January 28, 1937 which listed his address as 1728 North 4th Street, and 2016-91 8th Street, both Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Sailed February 6, 1937 aboard the Paris; Arrived in Spain on February 10, 1937;  Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln BN;  Deserted in February Returned to the US on July 2, 1937 aboard the Champlain.

In a statement recorded at the American Consulate Colbert he said:

     On February 17, 1937 he was put into the infantry against his protest. They gave him a uniform and took his civilian clothes away from      him.  Didn’t take any oath, because he did none of it willingly. He says his original contract was for commercial flying, and he had no intention      of doing any military service, nor flying at the front. He was assured that he would not be called upon to do any flying near the front lines, but        simply from Paris across the line.

     At Albacete they went out to the “training field” for about a week or ten days. Colbert left, across country, sleeping in the day time, and      walking all night “following the north star.” …

Source: Sail, SACB, Americans, USSDA.

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Last Name Colbert
First/Middle Name Cleveland H. Moland
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