Ragner, Albin.

Biography

Ragner, Albin C. (Albin Ragausky, Ragauskas, Ragauski; Ragawskas, Albin); b. March 7, 1918, Waterbury, Connecticut; Lithuanian American; father Charles Ragauskas from Panemune, Jurbarkas, Lithuania and born 1891, mother Anna Ketuerikus from Lithuania, changed the family name officially to Ragner in 1937 when he was Naturalized; Milwaukee Technical Training School, High School, Drafting; Single; Student; YCL 1929; Received Passport# 384348 on April 5, 1937 which listed his address as 1923 (1023) South 15th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Sailed April 21, 1937 aboard the Manhattan; Arrived in Spain on May 27, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Washington BN, Estado Mayor, Transmissions, Signaler and Runner; (June 1938) Lincoln-Washington BN, Co. 3; (by August 1938) Mackenzie-Papineau BN, Section Leader; Rank Cabo; Served at Brunete, Quinto, Belchite, Fuentes del Ebro, Teruel, Segura de los Baños, the Retreats and the Ebro Offensive; WIA in the right leg September 1938, Sierra Pandols; Returned to the US on December 31, 1938 aboard the President Harding; WWII Merchant Seaman on the Great Lakes; Married Claudine Halliwell on January 3, 1942, three children Daniel H. Ragner, Allison L. Ragner, and Jonathan A. Ragner; d. April 3, 1996, Dousman, Waukesha, Wisconsin; Wrote an unpublished memoir about his service in Spain. Findagrave# 142843803
Siblings: brother Alfons, Charles.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; Pay; Washington; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 967, ll. 27-28 (under Ragawskas and Raganskos); “Albin C. Ragner: Mostest First-Line Infantryman,” by Benjamin Goldring, The Volunteer, Volume 5, Number 2, June 1983; “Albin Ragner: An Unpublished Memoir,” February 27, 2013, The Volunteer http://www.albavolunteer.org/2013/02/albin-ragner-an-unpublished- memoir/. Code A
Albin Ragner: An Unpublished Memoir, By Chris Brooks and Lisa Clemmer, The Volunteer Blog, posted February 27, 2013.
Photographs: Albin Ragner in Spain, RGASPI; Ragner and Dr. Arnold Donowa return aboard the President Harding. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection ; ALBA Photo _; ALBA Photo number 11-_. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries and