Dukes, Larry.

Biography

Dukes, Larry Stratford b. April 6, 1917, East St. Louis, Illinois; African American; father Samuel R. Dukes (1893-?), mother Ida Belle Dukes (1895-?), High School CoB; education; Single; Driver; YCL 1932 (CP?); Received Passport# 366310 on February 9, 1937 which listed his address as 4500 Fireworks Street, East St. Louis, Illinois, and 3431 Cozens Street, St. Louis, Missouri; Sailed February 20, 1937 aboard the Ile de France; Arrived in Spain on June 2, 1937 believed to be aboard the City of Barcelona; Served with the Albacete Auto Park on July 15, 1938 sent to 45th Division, 14 BDE, and XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington BN, Co. 3; Later Mackenzie-Papineau BN, Co. 1; Served at Madrid, Fuentes de Ebro The Retreats; WIA Mora de Ebro in the left leg; Deserted the BDE on 16 or 17 July 1938 and went to a rest home in Santa Coloma without military or medical permission; Returned to the US on December 15, 1938 aboard the Paris; WWII Civilian; d. November 6, 1981, St. Louis, Missouri; Buried in Calvery Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri; Had a bad evaluation accused of desertion.
Source: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 884, ll. 41-46; Effectives List; African Americans; L-W Tree Ancestry; Find-a-Grave# 50476299. Code A

Photographs: Larry Dukes, November 1937. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0654. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.