Molton, Howard Raymond.

Biography

Molton, Howard Raymond. (Moulton, Howard Raymond); b. May 30, 1910, Chicago, Illinois; father John Molton (1866-?), mother Elizabeth McClure (1868-?); College graduate; Single; Postal clerk; YCL 1935; Received Passport# 381983 on March 31, 1937 which listed his address as 3501 Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, Illinois (6351 Stewart Street, Chicago, Illinois); Sailed April 15, 1937 aboard the Berengaria; Arrived in Spain on May 5, 1937; In Almansa, identified as a suspected Trotskyite, Control Commission allowed him to return to Almansa for lack of evidence; Served with 14th Battery then to the XV BDE, Auto Park, January 1 reported as working in Tarazona, deserted and attempted to get over the border, jailed at Barcelona or Guard Nacional; Later to Lincoln-Washington BN, Co. 3; Rank Soldado; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia; Wife Sylvia R. Molton; d. August 15, 1948, killed in a single car accident when his vehicle hit a guardrail, was teaching electricity at IIT in Chicago at the time.
Sibling: brother George S Molton (1898-?).
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Pay; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 849, ll. 5, Special List for Personnel Service, Deserters List of Those Now in Spain, January 16, 1938; Opis 6, Delo 949, ll. 17-26 several letters intercepted by the censor; USSDA 2:0772, 57:0694. Code A