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Robert Gavin


k-Gavin, Robert Owen. b. May 5, 1908, Oklahoma, African American, Married, Journalist and Engineer, No political affiliation, received passport# 476728 on September 16, 1937 which listed his address as 1577 East Lafayette Street, Detroit, Michigan. Sailed October 2, 1937 aboard the Georgic, Arrived in Spain on October 19, 1937, Served with the XV BDE, Medical Services; Lincoln-Washington BN, rank Soldado, reported MIA March 10, 1938, Caspe, during the Retreats with note "visto Mora Ebro AutoPark 20-3" Seen Mora Ebro AutoPark on March 20, SACB notes passport lost in Spain, Gavin may have returned.

Sources: SACB, BN 58 Retreats, RA, USSDA 2:0572, 54:0738 (under Owen, Robert) 2:0820, 58:0569.



Robert Owen Gavin may have been an American Indian instead of an African-American. He was the older brother of Eugene Victor Gavin. Born in Oklahoma on May 5, 1908, Gavin lived with his wife in Philadelphia. Issued a passport valid for travel to England, France, and Scotland, Gavin sailed for Europe aboard the Georgic on October 2, 1937. In Spain Gavin served as a medic in the XVth Brigade. The Spanish Ministry of Defense reported that Gavin disappeared during the month of March of 1938, in combat against the enemy, defending the Republic, in the sector of Belchite-Caspe. ~ Chris Brooks




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