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Robert Munson Taylor


Taylor, Robert Munson. b. May 10, 1915, Boston, Massachusetts, ROTC and Citizen’s Military Training Camp, Single, received passport# 780429 which listed his address as 11 Melrose Street, Boston, Massachusetts, Sailed January 16, 1937 aboard the Paris, Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln BN, Section Leader, WIA Jarama, reported dead in error, was in a coma for three days, Returned to the US on August 20, 1937 aboard the Paris.

Sources: Lincoln, ALBA 110 Robert Taylor Papers; Good Fight C, Ancestry.




Robert Munson Taylor (1913-?) went to Spain in January 1937 to fight with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War as a member of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. During his time in Spain, he suffered a head injury and was at one point mistakenly reported as dead. Taylor fought in several major battles, including those in Villanueva de la Canada and Brunete.

He was living in Detroit during the summer of 1938 when the local Red Squad raided his house and held him for two days. He was accused of illegally recruiting volunteers for Spain, and a political file was kept on him for the next forty years. In 1940 he was again arrested, this time by the FBI, when crossing the Canadian border into Michigan. By 1990, Taylor (then living in Birmingham, Michigan) had succeeded in obtaining copies of his Detroit Red Squad files.

- Biography courtesy of Tamiment Library, NYU.   The collection includes little information about Taylor’s life following the war, but it is apparent that he regularly kept in touch with other Abraham Lincoln Brigade veterans.

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Last Name Taylor
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Additional Notes Per From Spanish Trenches "… is a Boston lad of 22, He lost his mother when he was three and was brought up by his grandmother, who belonged to the D.A.R. and the Colonial Dames. Her brothers fought in the Civil War. Grace is his sister."