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Van Rensalaer Jr. Chase


Chase, Van Rensalaer

Chase, Van Rensalaer Jr. b. January 6, 1914 (January 5, 1914), Calgary, Canada; Canadian; POW; Attended the University of Wisconsin for 1 semester and Commonwealth College in Mena, Arkansas; Single; Seaman and Currier, Party organizer and Janitor;  CP  1934; received passport# 423496 on May 25, 1937 which listed his address as 149 1st Avenue, NYC; Sailed May 29, 1937 aboard the Britannic; Arrived in Spain June 18, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, MacKenzie-Papineau BN; Spanish 24th/59th BN.  BDE, Estado Mayor, Telephonist;  Captured April 1, 1938, Gandesa, during the Retreats;  Exchanged October 8, 1938; Returned to the US on October 18, 1938 aboard the Queen Mary; WWII Merchant Marie (rejected by the US Army for health reasons); d. October 24, 1985, Los Angeles, California.

Source: Sail, SACB, Cadre, XV BDE, POW, Canadians.

Photograph: Van Rensalaer Chase from a photograph of returning POWs aboard the Queen Mary, October 8, 1938.




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