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Youngblood Nance


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Nance, Youngblood. b.May 1, 1912, Greenwood, South Carolina; African American; Single; Carpenter; CP; received passport# 5756689 on August 10, 1938 which listed his address as 513 Hackett Street, Greenwood, South Carolina, and 471 West 145th Street, NYC;  Sailed August 22, 1938 aboard the President Roosevelt; Arrived in Spain on August 31, 1938; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington BN, Co. 4 Ebro Offensive, WIA September 25, 1938; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia; d. September 29, 1965, buried at sea.

Source: Sail, SACB, RA, USSDA (under Nance, Young B.) 2:0784, 57:0861.

Photograph: Youngblood Nance in Spain and in the 1950s, Photographs RA Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 1017 and Fredericka Martin collection. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.



Youngblood Nance was born in Greenwood, South Carolina, on May 1, 1912. Before leaving for Spain, he lived in New York where he worked as a carpenter and was an active member of the Communist Party. One of the last U.S. volunteers to serve in war, he arrived in Spain on August 31, 1938. He received approximately three weeks training before going to the front where he served in the Lincoln-Washington Battalion. On September 22, he was wounded while advancing during a counter attack. Nance returned from Spain aboard the Ausonia arriving in the United States on December 20, 1938. After the war he became a seaman and served as a ship's steward. Nance briefly ran a steak house in New York together with his wife, Lorraine, a French Canadian. After a fire destroyed their restaurant, Nance returned to sea. Nance died at sea on September 29, 1965. ~ Chris Brooks




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Youngblood Nance post war. (ALBA Collection, Fredericka Martin)

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Last Name Nance
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