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Thaddeus Battle



Battle, Thaddeus Arrington. (Battle, T. Harrington); African American; Attended Howard University; Single; Driver and Student; CP 1936 and YCL 1937 (1936); received passport# 442807 on June 14, 1937 which listed his address as 1401 12th Street, Washington, DC, 21 years old; Sailed June 18, 1937 aboard the Alaunia; Arrived in Spain on July 9, 1937; Served with the 1st Regt. de Tren; Returned to the US on November 5, 1938 aboard the President Roosevelt.

Source: Sail, SACB, Cadre, USSDA 2:0399, 52:0699; Ancestry.



A 21-year-old student pursuing a pre-med degree at Howard University before joining the Lincoln Brigade, Thaddeus Arrington Battle joined the YCL in 1936 and was also an active member of the American Student Union. Battle left for Spain, aboard the Alaunia, on June 18, 1937. In Spain Battle served as a truck driver in the English speaking Second Squadron of the Premiere Regiment de Tren. In November 1937 Battle participated with other student volunteers in the broadcast of an Armistice Day greeting from Spain to the United States. Battle was wounded during the summer of 1938 but quickly recovered and rejoined his unit. When Battle returned to the United States on November 9, 1938, he was greeted by a congratulatory telegram from the faculty of Howard University saying, "We are proud that one of our own was a member of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade." Signers of the message included Sterling Brown, Ralph Bunche, Franklin Frazier, Doxey Wilkerson, and B. F. Carruthers. ~ Chris Brooks


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