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Biography

Avilés Perez, Juan b. March 27, 1915, Yauco, Puerto Rico; Puerto Rican; father Juan Avilés, mother Gregoria Pérez Silvestrini; Domicile Rincón, Puerto Rico and Madrid, Spain; Medical Student in Madrid; Served with a University Militia and was present at the storming of La Montaña; Later with the 150th BDE; Crossed into France at the end of the war and was interred in the French concentration camp Argelès sur Mer; Returned to the US on March 8, 1939, aboard the Paris; He returned to Puerto Rico on April 17, 1939 aboard the Borinquen; Completed his medical career in Mexico.
Sources: RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 829, ll. 85; USSDA 851.221/1465 13 and 14 February 1939; L-W Tree Ancestry: Passenger and Crew Lists; 1920 and 1930 Census; José Alejandro Ortiz Carrión and Teresita Torres Rivera, Voluntarios de la Libertad, Puertorriqueños en Defensa de la República Española 1936-1939. Code A