Biographyk-Carbonell Cuevas, Jorge b. October 15, 1914, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico; Puerto Rican; Father Luciano Federico (don Fédere) Carbonell y Pérez, mother Elisa Cuevas Vda. Carbonell; Bachelor’s Degree; Was attending the University of Madrid, 2nd year Medical student when the war broke out; Prior military service in the National Guard, 1932-34, 3 years, Rank SGT; Single; Student; CP 1937; Received Passport# 12436, Puerto Rican series, on July 2, 1934 which listed his address as 74 Carbonell Street, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico; US address 1290 Fulton Avenue, NYC; Served in Militia in Spain in the early days of the Civil War with the Column Mangada in Guadarrama y Talavera de la Reina-Valle del Tajo, then joined the 5th Regiment as instructor of machine gun; Returned to the US in January 1937 aboard the Champlain then on to San Juan, Puerto Rico; Sailed July 24, 1937 aboard the Britannic; Arrived in Spain via Massanet on August 6, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion, Co. 1; Rank Teniente; Served at Fuentes de Ebro, Teruel, Segura de los Baños, and The Retreats (Belchite); promoted to Captain before Ebro offensive; Killed in action September 9, 1938, Sierra Caballs, Ebro Offensive; Brother of Pablo and Victor Carbonell; Jorge and his brothers were recruited by Bill Susman, Jorge travelled from Puerto Rico to the US with Susman.
Siblings: five sisters Laura Carbonell Cuevas, Elena Carbonell Cuevas, Josefina Carbonell Cuevas, Petra Carbonell Cuevas, Gabriela Carbonell Cuevas; three brothers Victor Carbonell Cuevas, Federico Carbonell Cuevas, and Pablo Carbonell Cuevas.
Source: Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; Figueres List; XV BDE; Pay; USSDA 2:0436; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 829, ll. 10-11; Opis 2, Delo 217, Opis 3, Delo 509, Opis 6, Delo 31; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 544, ll. 16 (fiche); José Alejandro Ortiz Carrión and Torres Rivera, Voluntarios de la Libertad, Puertorriqueños en Defensa de la República Española 1936-1939; L-W Tree Ancestry. Code A
Photograph: Lieutenant Jorge Carbonell, company 1, MacKenzie-Papineau Battalion, May 1938. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-1301. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.