Minor, Ben.

Biography

Minor, Ben. (Finkel, Benjaminl); b. August 3, 1916, Bronx, New York; Jewish; father Abraham Minor (1887-?), mother Pauline Semeul (1887-?); Single; Printer; CP 1937 cultural work and YCL 1935; Received Passport# 48913 on November 29, 1937 which listed his address as 3017 Ocean Parkway and Care of Brian Unterman, 2932 6th Street, both NYC; Sailed December 1, 1937 aboard the Manhattan; Arrived in Spain via Massanet on December 12, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington BN, Co. 1; Served at Teruel, Gandesa, Caspe, reported WIA, Batea; Promoted from Soldado to Sargento; Awarded wrist watch (a ladies style) for bravery during the Retreats; Returned to the US on December 31, 1938 aboard the President Harding; WWII US Army Air Corps, Pacific and Middle East, Aerial Navigator, Rank 1 Lieutenant; Married Frances Gootzeit (1917-1990), children Scott Duesterhaus Mior and Michael Minor; d. November 29, 1999 St. Charles County, Missouri, cremated.
Siblings: brothers Manuel Finkel (1912-?), Irving Finkel (1919-?), sisters Lena Finkel (1911-?), and Madelaine Finkel (1915-?).
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; BN 58 Retreats; Figueres List (under Finkel, Benjamin); RGASPI (under Finkel); USSDA (under Finkel, Ben) 2:0532, 54:0096; (obituary note died in 1999) The Volunteer, Volume 22, No. 1, Winter 2000, p. 19. Code A
Photograph: Ben Minor in Spain, RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 889.