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Eugene Victor Gavin


Gavin, Eugene Victor. (Victoriano, Eugenio Gavin), b. June 1, 1910 (1909), McCloud, Oklahoma, African American, Single, Journalist, CP 1937,  YCL 1936 and Spanish CP, received passport# 368846 on February 23, 1937 which listed his address as 962 West Federal Street, Youngstown, Ohio (11512 Oakland Avenue, Detroit, Michigan), Sailed March 10, 1937 aboard the Washington, Arrived in Spain on April 2, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln BN; Jarama and Brunete, 46th Division "Campesinos," Special MG Co. attached to Division Headquarters; later transferred to 6th Division, 43 BDE Headquarters, WIA severe wound to the eye, Returned to the US on July 22, 1938 aboard the Washington, Brother of Robert Owen Gavin, Per note in Landis “Oklahoma Indian nicknamed Potatoes,” may have served in the John Brown Battery at some point.

Sources: Sail, SACB, Cadre, Lincoln, RA (under Victor), USSDA 2:0571, 54:0717; African American, Ancestry.



Eugene Victor Gavin, younger brother of Robert Owen Gavin, was quite possibly an American Indian rather than an African-American. Born in Oklahoma in 1910 he later moved to Youngstown, Ohio. Gavin joined the Young Communist League in 1936. Gavin was an early volunteer and departed for Europe aboard the Washington on March 10, 1937. Initially attached to the 172nd Battalion of the 43rd Mixed Brigade, Gavin was one of a small number of Americans assigned to Spanish formations. Later he served in a special machine gun company attached to the Headquarters of the 46th Division. At Teruel, he was severely wounded losing an eye and was repatriated. He returned to Ohio at the end of July 1938. ~ Chris Brooks



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