k-Lewis, Charles Howard. b. February 6, 1913, Montgomery, Alabama; African American; father John Lewis (1889- d prior to 1937); 9th grade education; Single; Laborer and Tap Dancer; CP 1936, branch education director; Received Passport# 431965 on June 2, 1937 which listed his address as 817 Home Street, Bronx, New York (2333 E. 57th Street, Cleveland, Ohio); Sailed June 12, 1937 aboard the Georgic; Arrived in Spain via Setcases on June 30, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion, MG Co., WIA at Fuentes; XV BDE, MG Co.; Killed in action January 1938 at Teruel.
Like most fellows coming from a hospital he was poorly equipped for the bitter cold of Teruel. I gave him a burlap bag I had planned to wrap around my feet when I slept. Someone "organized" a blanket for him. We moved into the lines at Teruel after dark. I took the first watch on our heavy Maxim. The next morning, while I rested, a mortar shell came down and demolished the Maxim. Lewis was killed instantly.~ Chris Brooks
Sources: Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; Figueres List; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 557, ll. 58 (Fiche); Mac-Paps; African Americans; Ancestry; Barney Baley to Brooks. Code A