BiographyBrennan, John Francis b. April 9, 1909, New York; Irish American; Father Francis Martin Breennan (1881-1938), mother Anna (Killeen) Brennan (1881-?); Unspecified prior military service; Commercial artist; CP 1936; Received Passport# 357889 on December 18, 1936 which listed his address as 3741 78th Street, Jackson Heights, Long Island, New York; Sailed December 26, 1936 aboard the Normandie; Arrived in Spain on January 5, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln BN, Co. 1, Section 2, Group 2, Connolly Section; WIA at Jarama; Later moved to BDE Staff, Topography Section; Sick from exposure; Repatriated for medical; Returned to the US on August 27, 1937 aboard the Statendam; Married after his return; Brennan and his wife committed suicide; d. April 11, 1938, NYC, buried in St. John’s Cemetery, Queens, New York; Spoke English and Spanish.
Siblings: brother Michael J. Brennan (1911-1995), sisters Anna Brennan (1906-?), and Winifred Mary Brennan (1916?).
Source: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Americans; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 849, ll 19, List of American Comrades that have been Repatriated as per October 15 1937; Voros-Jarama; (obituary note) The Volunteer, Volume 1, No. 4, May 1938, p. 2; Ancestry L-W Tree; Find-a-Grave #161333671. Code A