Thornton, Ralph.

Biography

Thornton, Ralph. b. June 20, 1902, Pennsylvania, African American; father William Grant Thornton; High School education; No prior military experience; Single; Pressman; CP 1934; Received Passport# 378849 on March 26, 1937 which listed his address as 2406 Bertrand Street, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Sailed April 10, 1937 aboard the Rotterdam; Arrived in Spain on May 5, 1937 (April 27, 1937); Served with the XV BDE, Washington BN, MG Co, Section 3 and Lincoln-Washington BN; Transferred to HQ of IB at Albacete, clerk with Commissariat in American Section; Served at Brunete, Quinto, and Belchite; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia; d. February 22, 1984, Chicago, Illinois.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Washington; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 1001, ll. 10-14; African Americans; L-W Tree Ancestry. Code A Box 2, Folder 23, 177_197042 [List of Names] Moscow Fond 545, Opis 5, Delo 197, ll. 42, Oct. 1938. This is a page from Folder 197: Album of 15th International Brigade Presented to the American Communist Volunteers of the 15th Brigade by the Communist Party of Spain. On a two page spread entitle Declaration of the American Negro Comrades eighteen individuals signed the second page.
Photographs: Ralph Thornton, filing clerk in Commissariat, December 1937. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection ; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0633. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 1001, ll. 10.