Thompson, Richard Chester.

Biography

Thompson, Richard Chester. b. August 18, 1917, Newport, New Hampshire; POW; father Chester F. Thompson (1896-?), mother Jelda Thompson (1895-?); No prior military service; High School education; Married; Textile Worker; CP 1936 (YCL 1936 unit organizer); Received Passport# 394148 on April 20, 1937, which listed his address as Bradford Road, Newport, New Hampshire; Sailed May 4, 1937 aboard the Berengaria; Served with the XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau BN in training; XI BDE. Captured April 1938, Gandesa, during the Retreats; Exchanged April 22, 1939; Returned to the US on May 10, 1939 aboard the Ile de France; Married Gertrude Rossman (1904- ?) on April 12, 1941, NYC; WWII US Army, ETO, lost a leg from a land mine; d. July 2, 1972 in East Orange, New Jersey.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Mac-Pap; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6 Delo 572, ll. 28 and 29 (under R. Thompson - ver ar gen can/Fiche); Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 848, ll. 139, Arrived May 27; USSD, A 2:0981, 61:0006; L-W Tree Ancestry. Code A