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John Porter Hunter


John Porter Hunter

k-Hunter, John Porter.  (Johnson, Roosevelt); b. Bessemer, Alabama; High school education; Steel worker; Domicile Buffalo, New York; Sailed April 10, 1937 aboard the Rotterdam; Arrived in Spain on May 5, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington BN, Brunete, Fuentes de Ebro, Retreats; Belived to have been Killed in action during the Ebro Offensive.

Sources: RA, USSDA, Vaughn Love, unpublished Autobiography [Hunter is identified in one version as Roosevelt Johnson]. 

Photograph: John Hunter, December 1937. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0929, Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.



John Porter Hunter was born in Bessemer, Alabama, in 1906. He completed high school, was a metal worker and worked in steel mills in Bessemer and in Buffalo, New York. Hunter departed aboard the Rotterdam, on April 10, 1937. He fought with the Lincoln Battalion as a machine gunner during the Brunete offensive. Wounded in action Hunter took part in the fighting at Fuentes de Ebro and during the Retreats. Veterans Vaughn Love and Ralph Thornton recalled that, during a retreat, Hunter carried his 100-pound gun for over two weeks through forests and hills, eventually constructing a cane raft in order to float it across a river. Hunter was missing in action in July 1938. ~ Chris Brooks





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John Porter Hunter, December 1937 (ALBA Collection).

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