Reed, Robert Lee.

Biography

Reed, Robert Lee. (Bob Roberts); b. July 6, 1914, Coolidge, Limestone County, Texas; CoB; father Kelly Reed (1883-1948), mother Eula Eva Johnston (1892-1979); Attended Commonwealth College, Mena, Arkansas 1932; No prior military service; Single; Party organizer, Southern Tenant Farmers Union, United Auto Workers; CP November 1933 and YCL 1935, organizer; Received Passport# 391391 on April 13, 1937 which listed his address as 252 Farnsworth Avenue, Detroit, Michigan (525 E. 6th Street, NYC); Sailed April 24, 1937 aboard the Vollendam; Arrived in Spain on May 30, 1937 having survived the sinking of the City of Barcelona; Trained in Tarazona; Served with the XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau BN, Co. 1 and Co. 2; Section Leader and acting Company Commander; Rank Sargento; Served at Fuentes del Ebro, Teruel, Segura de los Baños, Retreats and the Ebro Offensive; WIA February 18, 1938 at Segura de los Baños hit in the head while cutting barbed wire, wounded a second time on August 18, 1938 at Gadesa hit in the leg during an attack, in hospital Barcelona 2 weeks for illness, Valls 1 week for illness, Caldes de Malavella 3 weeks for wound, and Mataro 3 weeks for wound; Returned to the US on December 15, 1938 aboard the Paris; Married Mary Aileen Reed (1916-2007) on February 23, 1939 in Michigan, they divorced July 12, 1945, in Detroit; WWII US Army, Quartermaster Corps assigned to the 8th Air Force Service Command, later transferred to the 9th Air Force Service and Engineer Command, ETO England, France and Germany, rank Master Sergeant; Married Mildred Asline (1915-2008) on November 27, 1945; d. January 29, 2005, Seattle, Washington; Conducted extensive research on volunteers from the Pacific North West; The Reed Collection is part of the Special Collections Archives in the University of Washington.
Siblings: brothers John Wesley Reed (1919-2013), Joe M. Reed (1922-1971), Tommie Maddox Reed (1924-2016), sisters Janelle Reed (1917-?), Eula Jean Reed (1932-2017).
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; Mac-Paps; Pay; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 969, ll. 16-31; ALBA 082 Robert Reed: Northwest Volunteers Research Project Records; ALBA PHOTO 005 Robert Reed Photographs, University of Washington; Good Fight C; Harriman; Pacific NW; (obituary) Abe Osheroff, “Bob Reed, 1915-2005,” The Volunteer, Volume 27, No. 1, March 2005, p. 20; (obituary) Chris Brooks and Lisa Clemmer, “Bob Reed, 1914-2005,” The Volunteer, Volume 27, No. 2, June 2005, p. 21. Code A
Photographs: Bob Reed, International Brigade Archive, Moscow: Select Images, Folder 188: 15th International Brigade Volunteers, Portraits, 1937-38, Box 2, Folder 14; ALBA Photo 177; ALBA Photo number 177-188031. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries; and RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 969.