Robinson, James Miller.


Robinson, James Miller. (James Roberson (?)); b. February 22, 1904, Chicago, Illinois; African American; father John R. Robinson (1876-1942), mother Louise Parson (1885-1942); Single; CP (?); Received Passport# 36413 which listed his address as 4554 Vincennes Avenue, Chicago, Illinois; 33 years old; Sailed January 16, 1937 aboard the Paris; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln BN, Cook later appears to have transferred to a transportation unit; Returned to the US on November 9, 1937 aboard the Aquitania; In 1948 Robinson went to Czechoslovakia and on June 3, 1949 relinquished his American citizenship, he received Czech citizenship in August 1950; d. in March 1968 in Brussels, Belgium.
Siblings: brother Stanley Robinson (1909-?), sisters Edna Robinson (1900-?), Eloise Robinson (1903-?), and Grace Robinson (1907-?).
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Repatriation List (10/29/1937, ll. 22); African Americans; L-W Tree Ancestry. Code A
Biography: James Miller Robinson (a.k.a. James Miller and James Roberson) was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 22, 1904. Robinson left for Europe on the Paris on January 16, 1937. In Spain, he became the first permanent cook of the Lincoln Battalion. Later in the war Robinson was transferred to a transportation unit responsible for carrying supplies between hospitals. Robinson returned to the United States in early 1938. He became an active member of the Chicago Veterans Post in which he served as Adjutant Commander. In the early 1950s Robinson moved to Czechoslovakia. ~ Chris Brooks