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Biography

Karson, Jack (Carson, Jacob; John(?)); b. June 11, 1903 (1904), Kodnia, Ukraine, Russia; Served in the Red Army during the Russian Civil War; Family in the US from 1913;  Single; Packing House Worker, Metal Worker and Party Functionary; CP 1926, section organizer; Received Passport# 406447 on May 6, 1937 which listed his address as 513 West Central, and 374 Mekubin Street, both St. Paul, Minnesota; Arrived in Spain via Espolla on June 2, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau BN, Co. 2; Sent to OTS; Then posted to Artillery, 11th Regiment, 2nd Group, 14th Battery (John Brown Battery), 155mm Guns as Commissar; Returned to the US on February 9, 1939 aboard the Queen Mary; WWII US Army, 2nd Signal Training Regiment, enlisted August 27, 1942, Rank Private, honorably discharged February 28, 1943; d. December 22 (30), 1953, Los Angeles, California, buried in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Bell Gardens, California; At the time of his death he was married to Ida O. Karson, 585 Gale Avenue, Hawthorne, California.
Source: Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre (under Karson); Figueres List; Pay (under Carson, John); RGASPI (under Karson).