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Walter Dicks


Walter Dicks

Dicks, Walter. b. October 20, 1898, Blackfield (Blackville), South Carolina; African American; Grammar school education; Single; Mechanic; CP 1931; received passport# 377110 on March 22, 1937 which listed his address as 6419 Quincy Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio; Sailed October 4, 1937 aboard the Rotterdam; Arrived in Spain on May 5, 1937; Served with the Evacuation Group, 35th Division Sanidad, Ambulance Driver; Returned to the US on December 15, 1938 aboard the Paris; d. March 16, 1967, Cleveland, Ohio.

Source: Sail, SACB, Cadre, Ancestry, Ancestry.

Photograph: Walter Dicks, Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 15; Series I Photographs 1930s-1990s, Box 1, Folder 63. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.



Walter Dicks was born on October 20, 1898 in Blackfield, South Carolina where he completed grammar school. Dicks moved to Cleveland, Ohio where, in 1931, he joined the Communist party and subsequently attended regional and national party schools. In 1937, when he volunteered to serve in the International Brigades, Dicks was single and made his living delivering coal in the winter and ice in the summer. He received his passport on March 22, 1937 and sailed for Europe shortly thereafter. In Spain Dicks served as a truck and ambulance driver. Dicks saw action at Brunete, Belchite, Quinto, Teruel, the Retreats and in the Ebro Offensive. Those who knew him in Spain noted that he exhibited proficiency and a cool head in the most trying situations. Dicks returned to the United States on December 15, 1938, aboard the Paris. He is believed to have died in Ohio in 1967.~ Chris Brooks




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Last Name Dicks
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