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Frank Carl Costanzo


k-Costanza, Frank Carl. (Constanzo; Castanzo); b. January 19, 1912; Italian American; Single, Waiter; CP 1932; received passport# 465468 on July 26, 1937 which listed his address as 231 Moore Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee; Sailed August 11, 1937 aboard the Queen Mary; Arrived in Spain on August 29, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington Battalion, rank Soldado, Killed in action March 10, 1938 during the Retreats.  

Source: SACB, Cadre, XV BDE, BN 58 Retreats, RA, ALBA 195 Frank C. Constanzo Papers.



Frank Carl Costanzo (1912-1937?) was a waiter and union member from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In early 1937, at 25 years old, Costanzo went to Spain to join the International Brigades, supporting the Loyalist cause in the Spanish Civil War. He hid the information that he had joined the war effort from his parents.

After attending officers' training school, where he studied Spanish and military skills, Costanzo joined the staff of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion, and went with them into heavy action, fighting on at least four fronts. After spending time in a hospital with a sprained ankle, he returned to the front. Constanzo died in Spain in December 1937 or early 1938.

He left behind a wife, Ida S. Costanzo and a son, Stan.- Biography courtesy of Tamiment Library, NYU. 



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