Valdez Cofino, Justo.

Biography

k-Valdés Cofiño, Julio César (Valdez, Cofino; Cofino Valdez, Justo); b. September 13, 1903, Jagüey Grande (Matanzas); Afro-Cuban; Joined the Cuban Army in 1921, Graduated from the Military School after 4 years of study; Rank Teniente, Served 2 years in the Coastal Artillery then transferred to Cavalry, left the Army in 1933; Joven Cuba and Cuban CP; Was part of the first group of Cuban volunteers recruited by the Cuban CP which departed April 15, 1937 (sailed aboard the Vollendam); Served with the 46th Division (El Campesino), 101 BDE, 2nd BN, Co. 4, Commander, Rank Captain (Major); KIA Brunete during an artillery bombardment on July 18, 1937, at Brunete.
Sources: RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 603, ll. 10; Instituto de Historia de Cuba, Registro General, Personalidades Cubanas, Fichas de Datos de Combatientes Cubanos de la Guerra Civil Espanola, RG 4.12/2005 (103) under Cofino Valdez, No photograph; Alfonso Bello and Pérez Díaz; Vera Jimenéz; International Solidarity with the Spanish Republic; Baumann; SIDBRINT.