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Peter LeRoy Reed

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Reed, Peter LeRoy. b. April 13, 1915, 10 yrs. education, US Army (?), 1st Ambulance Group, Texas, 1933-36, Drive, CP January 1938 (Spanish CP?), received passport# 403219 on May 3, 1937 which listed his address as 1113 Dillon Street, St. Louis, Missouri, and El Paso, Texas, Sailed May 8, 1937 aboard the American Importer, Arrived in Spain on May 29, 1937, Served with the 35th Battery, 4th Group, rank Cabo.  Served at Huesca, Teruel, and Levante, Returned to the US on February 4, 1939 aboard the President Harding, WWII Armed forces.

 

Sources: Sail, SACB, RA,  (obituary) Len Levenson, “Peter Leroy Reed,” The Volunteer, Volume 21, No. 2, Spring 1999, p. 18. 

 

 

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Additional Notes Peter Reed, in the Spring of 1937, was working with Henry Blaskiewicz in the oil fields of East Texas. Both men wanted to go to Spain but it was only after a chance meeting with a Kansas Communist that they were able to enter the recruiting path. Peter sailed for Spain on the S.S. American Importer in early May 1938 with a group that included Irving Weissman, Jack Teiger and Max Kerschbaum. After a brief stint as an ambulance driver, Peter served in an International Brigade artillery unit on the Cordoba Front and at Teruel in support of the 15th Brigade. When their guns became ineffective through overuse, the units were returned to the Levante Front after being rearmed with effective new Swedish Skodas. Peter remained with them until repatriated in January 1939. Responding to a letter from Ben Iceland, he wrote in a 1988 letter published in The Volunteer, “You asked what I had been doing for the last 50 years. Man it got away from me. I was a boomer — never in one place over six months. In the Army 3 years in the Pacific in WWII; a lot of logging camps, sheep and cattle ranches. … I had my last drink 2 years ago, even quit smoking and got married: no religion yet, but anything is possible.” Pete died on October 14, 1998, in the Spokane Veterans Hospital, the day before the dedication of the VALB monument that he had planned to attend. - Len Levenson