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Leroy Collins


Leroy Collins

Collins, Leroy. b. September 2, 1898, Danbury, Connecticut; African American; Prior military service in the US Army 18 years; Married; Journalist; CP 1935; received passport# 46681 on July 30, 1937 which listed his address as 272 Manhattan Avenue, NYC; 39 years old; Sailed August 18, 1937 aboard the President Harding; Arrived in Spain in September 27, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, unit unknown, WIA Fuentes de Ebro, after release from hospital assigned to Service Sanitaire, Benicasim; Returned to the US on August 4, 1938 aboard the Manhattan.

Source: Sail. SACB, Cadre, RA, Ancestry.

Photograph: Leroy Collins (top right) with other veterans returning to the US aboard the Manhattan.



Leroy Collins was born in 1900. He served in the U.S. Army for eighteen years and was college educated. Collins joined the Communist party in 1935 and left for Spain on the SS President Harding on August 18, 1937. On October 17, 1937, Collins was severely wounded at Fuentes del Ebro. After he recovered Collins returned to the United States on the Manhattan on August 4, 1938. ~ Chris Brooks




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Wounded volunteers aboard the Manhattan, August 1938. Leroy Collins, top right. (Courtesy Anna Johnson Open Hand Press).

Leroy Collins in Spain. RA Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 875.

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Last Name Collins
First/Middle Name Leroy
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