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Tomas Collado


Tomas Diaz Collado

Diaz Collado, Thomas. (Callaco/Callado, Tomas; Crespo Galliano, Herman); b. Cuba; African American; Prior military service 5 years in the Cuban Army; Building and Road construction; No party affiliation; Sailed January 28, 1937 aboard the Aquitania; Arrived in Spain on February 11, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln BN, Jarama and Brunete, WIA Brunete; Returned to the US on September 19, 1938 aboard the DeGrasse.

Source: Lincoln, Americans.

Photograph: Thomas Callado, Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 15; Series I Photographs 1930s-1990s, Box 1, Folder 42. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.



Cuban-born Tomas Diaz Collado was among the first volunteers to leave from the United States to join the International Brigades. Before going to Spain, Diaz Collado had five years of military service and made his living working on road and building construction crews. On January 28, 1937 Diaz Collado sailed for Europe aboard the Aquitania. In Spain, Diaz Collado was assigned to the XVth Brigade. Due to complications following a serious leg wound suffered during the Brunete Offensive, he was hospitalized in Spain for over a year. He was repatriated to the United States aboard the De Grasse on September 19, 1938. In the United States, Diaz Collado underwent a series of operations in the futile attempt to save his leg. The Friends of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade paid for his medical expenses and posted a bond to the U.S. government since Diaz Collado was a registered alien. The Volunteer for Liberty listed Diaz Collado as Commander of the Spanish Speaking Post of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. Before the end of World War II, Diaz Collado drifted away from his fellow veterans. It is believed that he returned to Cuba prior to 1950 although the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade's office was unable to locate Diaz Collado when the government followed up on his case. The bond posted by the Friends was declared forfeit in 1952. ~Chris Brooks




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Last Name Collado
First/Middle Name Tomas
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