BiographyKailin, Clarence (“Slim”); b. August 20, 1914, Madison, Wisconsin; Russian American; Father Louis Kailin, Mother Stella Schwid Kailin; Graduated from Wisconsin High School and attended the University of Wisconsin; Single; Student and Driver; YCL and CP; Received Passport# 362377 on January 19, 1937 which listed his address as 1820 Vilas Street (Avenue), Madison, Wisconsin; Sailed January 23, 1937 aboard the Champlain; Arrived in Spain on February 2, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln and Lincoln-Washington BN; Infantry later Transmissions; Last unit Lincoln-Washington BN, Co. 2; Rank Soldado; Seriously wounded during the Ebro Offensive; Returned to the US on December 15, 1937 aboard the Paris; d. October 25, 2009, Madison, Wisconsin, buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Wisconsin; Was the volunteer at Jarama who got into trouble for going to the lines wearing only his shirt and underwear.
Source: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; Lincoln; Pay; RGASPI; Find-a-Grave 44550121; Clarence Kailin, John W. Cookson, A Wisconsin Volunteer in the Spanish Civil War [published in Spanish]. Code A
Photograph: Wisconsin volunteers (standing) Fred Palmer, Harry Lichter, Ray Disch; (seated) John Cookson, Clarence Kailin. Photograph Clarence Kailin.