Merriman, Robert Hale.

Biography

k-Merriman, Robert Hale. b. November 17, 1908, Humboldt, California; father Hazel Henry Merriman (1886-1986), mother Faye Naomi Cook (1887-1942) Graduated from the University of Nevada in 1932, Graduate work at the University of California; ROTC; Married to Marian (Stone) Merriman (1909-1991); Student; CP; Received Passport# 8132 , San Francisco series, on August 27, 1934, which listed his address as Mojave, California, was in Moscow prior to volunteering; Arrived by train from Paris to Barcelona, Spain on January 4, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln BN, initially BN Adjutant Commander; took command of the BN on the day the BN departed for the Jarama Front; WIA February 27, 1937; After recovery took command the Tarazona Base and later of the Mackenzie-Papineau BN in training before returning to the XV BDE as the Chief of Staff; Killed in action April 1938, Gandesa, during the Retreats; Believed captured and executed.
Sources: Scope of Soviet Activity; Voros-Jarama; RGASPI; USSDA 2:0762, 57:0479- 0581; ALBA 191 Robert Merriman Papers [includes his diary]; Harriman; Milly Bennett notes, Hoover Institution Archives. Code A
Photograph: Major Robert Merriman, Chief of Brigade Staff, December 1937. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection ; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0634. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.