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George Kaye

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Kaye, George


Kaye, George. b. November 26, 1915, NYC; Attended Los Angeles Junior College for 2 years; ROTC; Single; Truck driver and Clerk; CP and YCL January 1937 (1933), section organizer; received passport# 25281 San Francisco series on March 6, 1937 which listed his address as 458 ½ North Genesce Street, and 7733 Oakland Avenue, both Los Angeles, California; Sailed March 24, 1937 aboard the Manhattan; Arrived in Spain on April 10, 1937;  Served with the XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau BN; last unit Lincoln-Washington BN, Machine gun Company, rank Cabo; Ebro Offensive; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia; WWII Armed forces.

Source: Sail, SACB, Cadre, Mac-Paps, XV BDE, Pay, RA.

Photograph: George Kaye, November 1937. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0656. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

 

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Additional Notes George Kaye (1918?-1990), who joined the Young Communist League in 1933, was one of the youngest American volunteers in Spain. Bill Bailey "adopted" young Kaye into the seamen's machine-gun company, and Kaye, who had two years of college, served as editor for Bailey's dispatches from the war. Prior to embarking for Spain, Kaye, a native New Yorker, worked as a truck driver for a furniture company in Hollywood, California and was a member of the Teamsters union. Kaye's parents, Anna and Morris, were communist sympathizers. - Biography courtesy of Tamiment Library, NYU. The Marjorie Polon papers which include letters from George Kaye.