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Harry Hakam

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Hakam, Harry


Hakam, Harry. (Hakim); b. January 1, 1913, Brooklyn, New York; Single; Electrician; YCL 1935 (1936); received passport# 366472 on February 10, 1937 which listed his address as 244 East 15th Street, NYC; Sailed February 20, 1937 aboard the Ile de France; Arrived in Spain March 4, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln and Lincoln-Washington BNs at Jarama and Brunete; last unit Lincoln-Washington BN, Plaza Mayor, rank Soldado; Returned to the US on September 21, 1938 aboard the Ile de France; WWII US Navy, frogman; d. September 1996.

Sources: Sail, SACB, Cadre, Lincoln, Pay, RA, ALBA 046 Harry Hakam Papers; ALBA 159 Marjorie Polon Papers, Harriman, (obituary) The Volunteer, Volume 19, No. 1, Winter 1996-97, p. 9; SSN (?).

Photograph: Harry Hakam, Lincoln-Washington, June 1938. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0049. 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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Harry Hakam was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1913. His father was a building contractor. Hakam finished two years of college and three years of union courses in electrical engineering before sailing for Spain in February 1936. He was among the first Americans to join the International Brigades. In Spain, Hakam started out as a machine-gunner, then became a runner in a communications unit in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, taking part in the Jarama, Brunete and Aragon offensives. Later Hakam worked in the rear as an electrician. Hakam (who signed some of his letters "Yog De Von"), stayed in Spain until the International Brigades evacuated in September of 1938.

In World War II, Hakam was a frogman in the U.S. Navy, and afterward he continued a career as a journeyman electrician and union activist. He died in 1996.- Biography courtesy of Tamiment Library, NYU. 

 

 

 

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Additional Notes (???)HARRY HAKAM 30 Dec 1912 Sep 1996 (V) 11234 (Brooklyn, Kings, NY) New York ---