BiographyOliver, Louis Anthony b. June 7, 1905 (1906), Cambridge, Massachusetts; High school education; Prior military service in the US Army, 4 ½ years, Rank SGT, later in the National Guard, Rank Lieutenant; Single; Seaman (NMU), CP 1937; Received Passport# 433380 on January 4, 1937 which listed his address as Mable Street, Barre, Vermont, and 450 West 20th Street, NYC; Sailed June 26, 1937 aboard the Britannic; Arrived in Spain via Agullana on July 25, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington BN, Co. 4, Company Commander July-August 1937; Transferred to Guardia National after being categorized for rear area work, continually in trouble there for drinking; Rank Sargento demoted to Soldado; Later with 45th Division, Fortifications; Served at Quinto, Belchite, Fuentes de Ebro and the Ebro Offensive; Noted as having deserted from second line position in September 1937; Noted as drunkard, Arrested making trouble while drunk, in January 1938 was in Villa Mauja, did not feel sentence was just, was a leading member of NMU but continually in trouble in Spain; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia; WWII US Army Hospital Ship St. Olaf;
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; Figueres List; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 849, ll. 7, Special List for Personnel Service, Demoralized Elements, January 16, 1938; Opis 6, Delo 957. ll. 66-78; L-W Tree Ancestry. Code A
Photograph: Louis Anthony Oliver from his 1934 Application for Seaman’s Protection Certificate, L-W Tree Ancestry.