BiographyO'Dell, Paul Wilson b. March 6, 1909, Joplin, Missouri; Father Arthur L. O’Dell, mother Hazel P. (Rader) O’Dell; No prior military service; Attended the State College of Iowa; Single; Laborer; CP June 1937 (IWW); Received Passport# 465135 on July 24, 1937 which listed his address as Kansas City, Kansas and Apt. 3, 3309 Newhall Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (506 Riverview, Wichita, Kansas); Sailed August 4, 1937 aboard the Aquitania; Arrived in Spain via Massanet on August 15, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington BN, Co. 1; Rank Cabo; Served at Fuentes de Ebro, Teruel, and the Retreats; Last unit Lincoln-Washington BN, Co. 4; Rank Soldado; WIA, Hospital in Mataro; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia; d. March 1974.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; Figueres List; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 957, ll. 30-33; Pay. Code A
Photograph: Paul O’Dell in Spain, RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 957.