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Delmer Berg


Dimitrov Battery Front

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 AviaciĆ³n (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.

 Photograph: 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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