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Biography

Castro Seoane, Esmeraldo (Leone, Louis); b. March 16, 1914, Caguas, Puerto Rico, to NYC in the 1920s; Puerto Rican (also listed as Cuban); father Emilio Castro Figueroa, mother María Seoane Franqui; Secondary School education; Laborer and Student; No Party, Labor Union; Domicile Julio Mella Club 314, 5th Avenue, NYC; No Sailed January 29, 1937, Aquitania; Arrived in Spain on February 10, 1937 (or sailed February 10, 1937 aboard the Aquitania); Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln BN; Served at Jarama, Brunete, Quinto, Belchite; WIA Belchite; Released for Repatriation September 23, 1937; in hospital Pontones until November 14, 1937; Transferred to Albacete Auto Park; Repatriated January 1938; Domicile on return 12 E 110 Street, NYC; Returned to the US on May 26, 1938 aboard the Washington; WWII US Army; d. April 16, 1992, Pennsylvania; Spoke English, French and Spanish.
Source: Americans; Repatriation List (11/29/1938, ll. 99); RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 2, Delo 114; Opis 6, Delo 588, ll. 65-66; Opis 6, Delo 848; Opis 6, Delo, 871, ll. 65; Instituto de Historia de Cuba, Registro General, Personalidades Cubanas, Fichas de Datos de Combatientes Cubanos de la Guerra Civil Espanola, RG 4.12/2005 (96) No photograph; José Alejandro Ortiz Carrión and Teresita Torres Rivera, Voluntarios de la Libertad, Puertorriqueños en Defensa de la República Española 1936-1939. Code A