Tenor, Leon.


Tenor, Leon. b. May 7, 1911, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania; POW; Lithuanian-American; Jewish; Father Isadore (Yizhak) Tenor (Tanowitz) (1876-1932), mother Mollie Markson (1876-1944); 4 years high school; Single; Organizer for the Department Store Workers Union and Warehouseman; CP (?); Received Passport# 370608 on March 2, 1937 which listed his address as 707 West 16th Street and 11 Hillside Avenue, both NYC; Sailed March 10, 1937 aboard the Queen Mary; Arrived in Spain on March 17, 1937; Served with the 86th BDE, Ambulance Driver, Andalusian Front, released November 19, 1937; XV BDE, Transmissions; Lincoln-Washington BN; Rank Sargento; Captured March 10, 1938, Belchite, Retreats; Released August 25, 1939; Returned to the US on September 1, 1939 as a workaway aboard the President Roosevelt; WWII US Army, enlisted February 7, 1941, served in the 147th Infantry Division; Married Ada Epstein on February 25, 1942 in NYC, daughter Barbara Tenor (1943-1993); Married Patricia Oxford 1965 in NYC; After retiring he moved to England and worked as an iron sculptor; d. November 1986, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. 
Siblings: brothers Victor Tenor (1902-1972), Alexander Tenor 1905-?), Theodore Abram Tenor (1907*-1990), Mike Meyer Tenor (1909-1973); sisters Sara Samuelson (1913-2001; and Frances Tenor (1919-1970). 
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; BN 58 Retreats; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 999, ll. 57-58; USSDA 2:0977, 60:0901. Code A
Photographs: Leon Tenor, Samuel Toole, Albert Ziegler and William Stone returning aboard the President Roosevelt, Daily Worker, September 6, 1939.