Rossen, John.

Biography

Rossen, John. b. May 15 (16), 1910, St. Louis, Missouri; father Samuel Rosen (1884- ?), mother Mary Rosen (1885-?); Attended the University of Illinois at Champlain, Urbana; ROTC 2 years; Married; Automobile Worker, Office Worker and Party Functionary; CP May 1933 (1929); Received Passport# 406204 on May 6, 1937 which listed his address as 52 East Willis, Detroit, Michigan, and 1333 Temple Place, St. Louis, Missouri (5969 14th Street, Detroit, Michigan); Sailed June 4, 1937 aboard the Statendam; Arrived in Spain via Espolla on June 23, 1937; Served with XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau BN in training; Assistant to Major Johnson at the American Training Base; XV BDE, Estado Mayor, Transmissiones, Rank Sargento; Served at the Retreats (2nd Belchite) through the Ebro Offensive; Returned to the US on December 15, 1938 aboard the Paris; WWII US Army Air Force, Transport Command, Alaska, enlisted February 21, 1942; Married Blanche Rossen (1909-1988); d. July 30, 2003, cremated in a private ceremony.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; Figueres List; Mac-Paps; Pay; Good Fight C, (obituary) The Volunteer, Volume 25, No. 4, December 2003, p. 21; Obituary The Life, August 6, 2003. Code A
Photographs: John Rossen in Spain, RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 976; Harry Fellman, John Rossen and Harry Perlman, March 1938. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection ; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-1049. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.