Smith, Dave.

Biography

Smith, Dave. b. July 1(June 30), 1913, Chelsea, Massachusetts (June 30, 1913, Malden, MA); Russian American; Jewish; Graduated from the University of Michigan in 1935 with a BS in Zoology; Single; Student, Driver, and Salesman; CP November 1935 and Spanish CP, Branch President; Received Passport# 363926 on January 27, 1937 which listed his address as Boston, Massachusetts and 39 Cook Avenue, Chelsea, Massachusetts; Sailed February 6, 1937 aboard the Paris; Arrived in Spain on February 14, 1937; Served with the XV Brigade, Lincoln Battalion, MG Co.; WIA February 27, 1937; Washington Battalion, First Aid May-July 1937; OTS September-November 1937; Instructor at Tarazona September 1937-February 1938; Lincoln-Washington Battalion, Company Commander Co. 4(or 2 per bio); WIA September 7, 1938; Rank Sargento acting Teniente; Served at Jarama, Brunete and the Ebro Offensive; Returned to the US on December 31, 1938 aboard the President Harding; WWII civilian due to wounds from Spain; d. July 2, 2008, Oakland, California.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; Americans; Pay; RGASPI; Biographical sketch from Smith; David Smith, “Comments on Colonel Copic’s Diary and the April 5th Action,” The Volunteer, Volume 25, No. 1, March 2003, pp. 13, 20; (obituary) The Volunteer, Volume 25, No. 23, September 2008, pp. 22-23.
Photographs: Lieutenant David Smith, Company 4, Lincoln-Washington, September 1938. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0242. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries; and in hospital at Mataro, RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 991.