“We. The undersigned certify that the men named below were members of the third company of the Lincoln Battalion in Spain and were captured by the Franco forces on the 7th day of September, 1938, on the sector of Corbera. We know these facts to be true as we witnessed the entire affair, having been members of the same unit and barely escaping ourselves after having been completely surrounded. These men are: Irving Rifkin, James Pearce, Jack Arnold, Pat Garafalo, Wilbur Wheeler, Thomas Hardy, Sam Grossner, William Miller, Leonard Holtzclaw.”
Siblings: brothers Philip Peter Garofalo (1902-1977), Joseph Garofalo (1904-1920), Paul D. Garofalo (1905-1973), and Mathew James Garofalo (1916-2008), sisters Elizabeth J. “Betina” Garofalo Dufour (1907-1986), Florence Madeline Garofalo Hustings (1910-1989), and Josephine Noreen Garofalo Gatto (1920-1995).
Sources: Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre (under Garofalo); RGASPI; USSDA 2:0566, 54:0624; (sworn statement); USSDA 2:0865, 59:0211; Italian. Code A
Photograph: Patrick J. Garofalo, Passport Photograph, 1937.