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Thomas William O'Malley


Born in New Jersey, O’Malley grew up in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen and there acquired a lifelong commitment to social justice.

He went to Spain in 1937 and saw action on the Aragón front. Later, he served in the U.S. Army and was among the first wave of troops to land at Iwo Jima in 1945.

He retired in 1984 and, according to the Provincetown Banner, “he became a well-known observer of the Commercial Street scene from his front porch, while maintaining an active interest in international political affairs.”

Thomas O’Malley died in Provincetown, Massachusetts, on November 16, 2001, at the age of 87.

ALB Archival Materials

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Historical Commission of the International Brigades - Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion August 1937 Questionnaire; Harriman Video Archive; Obituary The Volunteer, Vol. 24, No. 1, p. 21; Obituary Provincetown Banner, November 22, 2001 online printout.

Full Database Record

Last Name O'Malley
First/Middle Name Thomas William
Ethnicity Note
Immigration Status
AKA Last Name 1
AKA First / Middle 1
AKA Last Name 2
AKA First / Middle 2
DOB 1914
City Plainfield
State New Jersey
Foreign Nation
Foreign Nation City
Alt Pob State, City
Family: Name
Family: Relationship
Family: Begin Date
Family: End Date
Family: Comments
Education HS
Education College / Univ 1 Colorado Mining School
Education College/Univ Notes
Education College/Univ 2
Graduate or Doctoral Work
Graduate or Doctoral Work Notes
Prior Military Service Summer Training
Passport # 28914
Passport Series San Francisco series
Passport Reported Lost in Spain X
Passport Age
Passport Date
PP or Known Address Street 3175 1/2 Winter Street
PP or Known Address City Los Angeles
PP or Known Address State California
ALT City
Alt State
Sail Date
Ship Georgic
Marital Status Single
Marital Notes
Vocation 1 Geologist
Vocation 2 Store Superintendent
Vocation 3
Party Affiliation CP
Date Affiliation 1930
ALT Affiliation
ALT date
ALT affiliation 2
Arrival (in Spain) Date
Units served with XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau BN
Battle action
Returned Date 1939
Returned other
WWII Service US Army(?), First Wave at Iwo Jima
DOD 2001-11-16
Place Died City Provincetown
KIA/MIA/Died other
KIA/MIA/Died other Date
KIA/MIA/Died other Location
KIA/MIA/Died other Battle
Additional Notes ALT DOB 1904