Berg, Delmer. (Berg, Esley Daniel); b. December 20, 1915, Anahiem, California; High school education; Prior military service in the US Army, Battery B, 76th Field Artillery; Bought out his army contract for $120 with the intention of going to Spain; Single; Cook and Dishwasher; CP of Spain; Received Passport# 32135, San Francisco series, on October 2, 1937 which listed his address as 132 North Hill Street, Los Angeles, California, and Manteca, California; Arrived in Spain on January 15, 1938; Served with the Defensa Contra Aviación (DECA) attached to Fuerces del Airt, International Anti-Aircraft BN; Initially with the German Dimitrov Battery; Trained as an oerlikon gunnner though the weapon was never supplied; Served in the Estado Mayor for BN in the communications section; WIA during an air raid on Valencia; Returned to the US on February 4, 1939 aboard the President Harding; WWII US Army, 389th Anti-Aircraft BN, PTO.
Source: SACB; RA; Dan Kaufman, "The Last Volunteer," NY Times Magazine, March 13, 2015.
Yanks in the Dimitrov Battery, standing Sam Slipyan, Conlon Nancarrow, Ed Lending, Charles
Simpson (?), Delmer Berg, Norman Schmidt, kneeling two Spanish Chauffers.
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Delmer Berg back right US Army in training, Riverside, California, early 1940s
Delmer Berg on Morotai Island during WWII
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