Gustafson, Bernard Karl M..

Biography

k-Gustafson, Bernard Karl M. (Karl B. H. Gustafson); b. January 9, 1900, Westfield (Springfield), Hamden, Massachusetts; father Rutgar B. Gustafson (1870-1953), mother Maria Albertina Hedman Gustafson (1868-1931); Single; Machinist and Party Functionary; CP 1935, Spanish CP; Received Passport# 364181 on January 28, 1937 which listed his address as 46 Benton Street, Springfield, Massachusetts; Sailed February 17, 1937 aboard the President Roosevelt; Arrived in Spain on March 17, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington BN, Co. 2; Rank Soldado; Was in Hospital Benicasim in October 1937; Reported WIA Gandesa, later noted as killed in action April 3, 1938, Gandesa, during the Retreats.
Siblings: brother Robert Edwin Ruger Gustafson (1904-1974), sisters Florence Christina Albertina Gustafson (1902-?), Viola Elizabeth Alderson Ewig Gustafson (1907- 1981).
Sources: Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; BN 58 Retreats; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 3, Delo 453, ll. 83 - List Co. 2 dated March 13, 1938; Opis 6, Delo 904, ll. 25-27; USSDA (under Gustafson, Karl B) 2:0616, 55:0295. Code A
Photographs: Bernard Karl M. Gustafsen Passport Photograph, 1937, and (standing), De Witt Parker (seated left), and Hugo deGregory. Photograph from Vaughan Parker.