BiographyNahanchuk, Ivan John (Nahanczuk); b. August 12, 1910, Brooklyn, New York, family returned to Russia in 1911; Russian-Ukranian American; Father Nick Nahanchuk, mother Helen Nahanchuk; No prior military service; Educated in the Ukraine along with one additional year of formal education in the US; Single; Painter; CP of Spain 1937; Received Passport# 396427 on April 23, 1937 which listed his address as 118 South 3rd Street, and 401 Grant Street, both Brooklyn, New York (101 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY); Sailed May 15, 1937 aboard the Georgic; Arrived in Spain via Espolla on June 2, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau BN, Company Commander; Rank Teniente; Served at Fuentes de Ebro, Teruel, Segura del Banos, and the Retreats; WIA March 1, 1938; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia; WWII US Navy Reserve; d. October 13, 1944, while serving as a Watertender 3rd Class on the USS Canberra when it was struck midships by an aircraft borne torpedo and Fireroom #3 and Fireroom #4 were destroyed, after the war his remains were returned from British Guinea-Fenschaffen No. 2; His remaines were reinterred in the Long Island Cemetery.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Figueres List; Mac-Paps; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 561, ll. 5 (ver ar gen amer); Opis 6, Delo 945, ll. 34-39 (under Nohanchuk); Opis 6, Delo 952, ll. 13-24; Canadian (under Mahanchuk); L-W Tree Ancestry; Find-a-Grave# 2768503. Code A
Photograph: John Nahanchuk in Spain, RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 952.