BiographyEnsign, Joseph Roscoe b. February 7, 1885, Eureka, California (July 2, 1885, Fortuna, California); Father Heman (Herman?) Ensign; Prior Military service in the US Army 1910-13, Engineers and Signal Corps; Served in WWI, US Army, May 1917-January 1918, as a Mechanic with Company B, 18th Engineer Group, Rank Private; Primary School education; Single; WPA and Mechanic; CP 1934, Workers Alliance, San Francisco Local #4 1935-1937; Received Passport#25355 San Francisco series on March 9, 1937 which listed his address as 273 4th Street, San Francisco, California; Sailed March 17, 1937 aboard the President Roosevelt; One of 29 volunteers arrested in France, he spent 40 days in jail, after released crossed into Spain; Arrived in Spain on May 23, 1937; Served as a Driver assigned to the Denia Hospital; While at Ripoll he was attached to the Lincoln-Washington BN, Co. 1; Returned to the US on December 15, 1938 aboard the Paris; d. March 2, 1947, Veteran’s Home, Napa, California; Buried in the Veterans Memorial Grove Cemetery, Napa County, California,.
Source: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 886, ll. 18-24; L-W Tree Ancestry; Find-a-Grave# 65339358. Code A
Photograph: Joseph Ensign Photograph from RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 886.