Rogers, Frank.


Rogers, Frank. (Henderson, Frank Joseph; Halttunen, Hannes); b. July 25, 1905, Finland (Bessemer, Pennsylvania), to the US in 1909; Finnish American; [mother Finnish, father American] father Paul Henderson, 1.5 years Ohio college; Married; Journalist, Automobile Worker and Full-time Party organizer; CP November 1927 district bureau, CP of Spain; 1930 went to Germany and Soviet Union; Domicile 1711 W. 31st Street, Cleveland, Ohio; Passport under Frank Joseph Henderson; Sailed May 29, 1937 aboard the Britannic; Arrived in Spain via Massanet on June 13, 1937 crossed Pyrenees; Trained with the 2nd BN of Instruction at Tarazona June 13 to July 1937; Pozo Rubio OTS school, after completing the course he was retained as an instructor and Commissar of the Anglo American Section, transferred back to Tarazona as the Commissar of the training base until November 10, 1937 when he went to the front; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington BN, Company Commissar and then Adjutant BN Commissar; with battalion from November 10 to March 10, 1938 when he was wounded during the artillery attack that killed or wounded the entire command of the Lincoln-Washington BN; Spent 3 weeks in the hospital then returned to BDE on April 3, 1938; Rogers was assigned to the Mackenzie-Papineau BN as BN Commissar; Served in that capacity through the Ebro Offensive; Rank Major (Comisario de Guerra); Served at Teruel. Segura de los Banos, Retreats, Ebro Offensive; WIA March 10, 1938 hit in left leg near knee and in back, in Hospital General Militar Barcelona and Balcaca; Returned to the US on December 15, 1938 aboard the Paris; d. 1949; Spoke Finnish and English.
Siblings: brother Paul and sisters Elma and Aryi.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre (under Rogers); Figueres List (under Henderson, Frank J.); Pay; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 566, ll. 34 (fiche);. Opis 6, Delo 974, ll. 22-47; Opis 6, Delo 1021, ll. 28-39; Petrou; MPE. (Can Mac Pap BN; clerk, kept records, too)
Frank Rogers, War Commissar of the Mac-Paps by Johnny McGrandle, The Volunteer for Liberty, V2, No. 25, July 19, 1938; reprint The Volunteer Blog, posted February 8, 2019.