Rogers, Frank.

Biography

(Henderson, Frank Joseph; Halttunen, Hannes), b. July 25, 1905, Finland (Bessemer, Pennsylvania), To the US in 1909, Finnish American, 1 yr. college, Married, Journalist, Automobile worker and Party organizer, CP November 1927, Domicile 1711 W. 31st Street, Cleveland, Ohio; Passport under Frank Joseph Henderson, Sailed May 29, 1937 aboard the Britannic, Arrived in Spain on June 13, 1937, Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington BN, sent immediately to NCO/OTS school, after completing the course he was retained as an instructor; Sent to Lincoln-Washington BN just prior to the Retreats, WIA March 10, 1938 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, Rodgers was assigned to the MacKenzie-Papineau BN as BN Commissar, Served in that capacity through the Ebro Offensive, Rank Major (Comisario de Guerra), Returned to the US on December 15, 1938 aboard the Paris, d. 1949. Sources: Sail, SACB, Cadre (under Rogers), Pay, RA (under Rogers); Finnish, K. E. Heikkinen, ed., Meidän Poikamme Espanjassa (Our Boys in Spain), Finnish Workers Federation, USA, Inc., 1939, translated by Matti A. Mattson. Photograph:Frank Rogers, Commissar, MacKenzie-Papineau Battalion, May 1938. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0970. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.