Milton. (Braxton) b. March 9, 1908, Wyoming, Ohio; African American;
2 years High school; Prior military service in the National Guard for 1.5
years; Single; Steel worker and Laborer; CP 1934 and YCL; received passport#
393028 on April 19, 1937 which listed his address as 133 West 140th
Street, NYC; Sailed May 8, 1937 aboard the American
Importer; Served with the XV BDE, MacKenzie-Papineau Battalion, MG Co.
section leader; Killed in action October 13, 1937 at Fuentes de Ebro.
SACB, Mac-Pap, Americans and Canadians, USSDA 2:0640, 55:0753.
Photograph: Milton Herndon, ALBA/VALB.
Milton Herndon was the brother of Angelo Herndon a Communist organizer who came to national notice after he was charged with "incitement to insurrection" and sentenced to death in Georgia in 1932. The conviction was eventually overturned on appeal. Milton Herndon was born on March 10, 1908, in Wyoming, Ohio to Paul Herndon, a coal miner, and Harriet Herndon, a maid. Herndon completed two years of high school. Milton Herndon was a steel worker. By the mid-1930s he had joined the Communist party and become an organizer in Chicago. Using the alias "Milton Braxton" he departed for Europe aboard the American Importer on May 8, 1937. In Spain, Herndon, who had served one and a half years in the National Guard, became section leader in the newly formed Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion. During the Mac-Paps first action on October 13, 1937, at Fuentes de Ebro, Herndon was ordered to move a gun up to support the advance of the Battalion and in carrying out the order was killed along with his entire gun team by long-range machine gun fire. ~ Chris Brooks
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