BiographyYates , James Oscar (Linnear, James); 41 years old; Prior military service ½ year unspecified; Single; Seaman with officer papers; CP 1934 and IWW; Received Passport# 369380 on February 25, 1937 which listed his address as 15 Palisada Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey and Tawksburry, Massachusetts; Sailed March 10, 1937 aboard the Queen Mary; Arrived in Spain on March 25, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, George Washington BN in training; Never at front due to illness; Believed he was coming to Spain to serve in the Spanish Navy; Deserted; Returned to the US on December 1, 1938 aboard the Exermont as a crewmember [?].
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; RGASPI RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 1017, ll. 11, 13-16 (includes two letters December 1937 and January 1938 requesting repatriation due to prolonged illness); USSDA 2:1054, 62:0017; Matt White "Wobblies in the Spanish Civil War" ASR (Anarcho-Syndicalist Review), 42/3, Winter 2005-6, p 44.
Photographs: James Oscar Yates from his Seaman’s Protection Certificate application, 1928 (and below) copied with an earlier undated photograph, L-W Tree Ancestry.