Zecovic, Milan.

Biography

Zecovic, Milan (Zecevich (on his docs), Zecevio); b. October 10, 1912 (1911), Gary, Indiana; father Peter Zecovich, mother Mary Zecovich; 8 years education; No prior military service; Single; Seaman (NMU); CP of Spain March 1938; Received Passport# 433987 on July 3, 1937 which listed his address as 550 West 20th Street, NYC; Sailed July 14, 1937 aboard the Aquitania; Arrived in Spain via Agullan on July 25, 1937; Trained with the Battalion of instruction arrived at base on July 27, 1937 transferred to brigade on August 7, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, 24th BN, later with 59th BN, Co. 2; Rank Cabo; Attended OTS; Served at Quinto, Belchite, Teruel, Segura de los Banos, Retreats, and the Ebro Offensive; WIA September 5, 1937 at Belchite struck in the hand and chest (left lung) by two bullets while attempting to bomb a barricade, hospital in Benicasim 2 months then Tarragona and Caldas; WIA August 27, 1938 Sierra Pandols by shrapnel from mortar in legs; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia; WWII Merchant Marine; Killed on December 19, 1941 when the Prusa, a Hog Islander class transport, was torpedoed in the Pacific, he was a Bosun on the vessel; Spoke Russian, Serbian, and English.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Figueres List; RGASPI Fond 545, Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 1018, ll. 54-65; South Slav American Merchant Marine at War, www.usmm.org (under Zecevigh). Code A
Photograph: Milan Zecovic in Spain Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 1018.