Searl, Herbert Hunt.

Biography

Searl, Herbert Hunt. (Robert H. Searl); b. May 7, 1912 (1913), San Francisco, California; father Edward L. Searl (1891-?), mother Dorethy F. Searl (1896-?); Graduated from High School in 1934; US Army 1934-36; Single; Lieutenant Instructor with the Army Air Corps; Pilot and Seaman; No political affiliation; Received Passport# 12, Philippines Island series, on November 20, 1935 which listed his address as 900 Haight Street, San Francisco, California, and San Diego, California; Sailed September 11, 1937 aboard the Berengaria; Arrived in Spain via Setcases on September 28, 1937; Served in Tarazona as rifle instructor until October 23, 1937; December 24, 1937 transferred to Almansa for artillery training to January 24, 1938; Given permission to go to Barcelona to see if he could transfer to Airforce or Tanks; (may have overstayed his time and was treated as having deserted the camp of instruction); Arrested in Barcelona on January 28, 1938 and sent to jail in Gardia National; Recommendation was to expel him from Spain, on the same memo a hand-written note indicates “He is in 15 brid Front;” Likely deserted front; Arrived in Gibraltar on May 12, 1938 as a stowaway aboard the Celtic Star, jailed for four days for illegal arrival; Returned to US on the Brynymor as a "workaway" with letters from the American Consul allowing entry into US; Returned to the US as a workaway aboard the Brynymor arriving in Philadelphia on May 29, 1938 along with Henry Rudolph Maier and William Henry Howe (Jamieson); WW II Coast Guard, enlisted May 14, 1945 and was discharged on November 4, 1949; wife Janet Frances Miles (1917-1989), daughter Dorthy Janet Searl (1942-1983), son Frank Miles “Mickey” Searl (1946-1983); d. January 29, 2001 in Hawaii National Park, Hawaii, Hawaii; Suspected of being a spy for the US government.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Figueres List; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 984, ll. 36-38; L-W Tree Ancestry. Code A
Photographs: Herbert Searl in Spain (thumbnail only), RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 984; and from Oakland Tribune, 1938.