Thwing, Robert Neil.

Biography

Thwing, Robert Neil. (Ralph); b. June 26, 1911, Bijou Hills, South Dakota; Father Wayland Angelo Thwing, Mother Annie M. Bigham Thwing, Siblings Julian Bingham Thwing, Leslie Dale Thwing, and Elizabeth Katherine Thwing Drury; High School education; Single; CP 1935 (or no political affiliation); Received Passport# 31403, San Francisco series, on September 2, 1937 which listed his address as Murdo, South Dakota; left his passport in Paris; Sailed September 11, 1937 aboard the Berengaria; Arrived in Spain via Setcases on September 24, 1937; Served with an Engineer Company; Last unit XV BDE, Lincoln-Washingotn BN, Co. 2; Rank Soldado; Served at the Ebro Offensive; Noted as being continually sick and having attempted to desert, served two jail sentences one of 30 days and a second of 21 days; considered a useless element; Returned to the US on October 25, 1938 aboard the Ile de France; WWII US Army, Corps Area Service Command, HQ Co., PFC, Captured died as a POW, drowned when the prison ship Enoura Maru was sunk on January 9, 1945 in Takao Harbor, Formosa, the ship was transporting prisoners to Japan, buried Riverview Cemetery, Chamberlain, Brule County, South Dakota.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Figueres List; Pay; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 3, Delo 453, ll. 42, “Canad-Amer. Arrivan, 27/9/37” ; Opis 6, Delo 849, ll. 6, Special List for Personnel Service, Deserters Who Are Now in Spain, January 16, 1938; Opis 6, Delo 1001, ll. 34-37; USSDA 2:0983, 61:0041; L-W Tree Ancestry; Find-a-Grave# 59694828. Code A
Photograph: Robert Thwing. Photograph from newspaper clipping.