BiographyCane, Lawrence (Cohen, Lawrence); b. August 8, 1912, NYC; Graduated from the City College of New York (CCNY); Single; Journalist, Teacher, and Accountant; YCL, CP May 1, 1935; Sailed July 14, 1937 aboard the Aquitania; Arrived in Spain via Agullana on July 25, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau BN; In September 1938 was serving with the 59th BN, Co. 1, Commissar; Last unit Mackenzie-Papineau BN, Co. 5; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia; WWII US Army, ETO enlisted in Aug 1942; Sent to Officer's Candidate School (OCS) at Ft. Belvoir, VA, in November 1942; Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Feb 1943; Promoted to 1st Lieutenant, March 1944; Promoted to Captain, November 1945; Landed Utah Beach with assault wave of Combat Engineers, D-Day, June 6, 1944; Served with US First Army, VII Corps, 238th Engineer Combat Battalion, Company C, Platoon Leader, July 1944-November 1944; Assistant S-2 and then Acting S-2 (Intelligence Officer), Bn staff, Nov 1944-Nov 1945; Earned Silver Star and Croix de Guerre; d. November 8, 1976, Great Neck, New York, buried in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Glendale, Queens County, New York.
Source: Figueres List; Mac-Paps; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 545, ll. 13 (fiche); ALBA 029 Larry Cane Papers; Harriman; (obituary) Irving Weissman, “Larry Cane – In Memoriam,” The Volunteer, December 1976, p. 7; Lawrence Cane (Eds David E. Cane, Judy Barrett Litoff, David C. Smith), Fighting Fascism in Europe, The World War Two Letters of an American Veteran of the Spanish Civil War, Fordham University Press, NY, 2003; L-W Tree Ancestry; Find-A-Grave# 95982567. Code A
Lawrene Cane (Grace Cane-Mason widow) Interview, ALBA V 48-027 and 48-028, January 17, 1987, Manny Harriman Video Oral History Collection; ALBA VIDEO 048; box number 3; folder number 23; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.
Photograph: Lawrence Cohen (Cane), Commissar, Company 1, 59th Battalion, September 1938. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection ; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0253. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.