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Biography

Hernández Rodríguez, Óscar b. October 29, 1908, Brooklyn, New York (Havana); Cuban; Single; Typewriter Mechanic; CPUSA and YCL both 1930; Domicile 1720 Madison Avenue, NYC, USA; Sailed January 20, 1937 aboard the Berengaria; Arrived in Spain February 4, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln BN, Co. 1, Centuria Antonio Guiteras; WIA at Jarama and hospitalized; June to August served with 101 Brigade;  then served as instructor in the 46th Division “Campesinos”, commissar school from October through November;  10th BDE; BN Commissar; Fron November 1937 to October 1938 with the 209th Brigade, BDE Commissar; Served at Jarama, Quijorna, Teruel, Levante, Extramadura Offensive; WIA at Jarama and Quijorna; During repatriation he served as Commissar of the American group in Villanueva Castillon, That group had Lossowski, Arthur Timpson, Frank Barcena, Saul Birnbaum and Nathan Budish as Lieutenants and  Bill Aalto was Captain; d. March 4, 1992, Barcelona, Spain.
Sources: Cadre; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 3,  Delo 760, ll. 85; Opis 6, Delo 595, ll. 1 (ver arch gen amer); Opis 6, Delo 909, ll. 14-19; Vera Jimenéz; International Solidarity with the Spanish Republic; Grados Militares Alcanzados Por los Cubanos en los Tres Años de Guerra, ABBI. Baumann; Lambe; Alberto More Tabio, “Five Heroes of Cuba Who Fell at Jarama,” Daily Worker, April 3, 1937, Clipping; SIDBRINT.   Code A