Gavin, Robert Owen.

Biography

Gavin, Robert Owen b. May 5, 1908, Oklahoma; African American; father Owen Gavin (1861-1912), mother Bertha J. Connor (1880-1947); Single (Married); Journalist and Engineer; No political affiliation; Received Passport# 476728 on September 16, 1937 which listed his address as 1577 East Lafayette Street, Detroit, Michigan; Scope of Soviet Activity notes passport lost in Spain; Sailed October 2, 1937 aboard the Georgic; Arrived in Spain via Espolla on October 15, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Medical Services; Lincoln-Washington BN; Mackenzie-Papineau BN; Rank Soldado; Reported MIA March 10, 1938, Caspe, during the Retreats with note "visto Mora Ebro AutoPark 20-3" Seen Mora Ebro AutoPark on March 20, 1938; WIA March 10, 1938 on Belchite Front, hospital Cuartel San Sebastien through April 30, 1938 then to Hospial Mataro en the Guard Company; Scope of Soviet Activity notes passport lost in Spain; No return found; Possibly shipped back as a shiphand; WW II Merchant Marine as Licensed Junior Engineer; d. December 1970 in Camden, NJ.
Siblings: brothers John Henry (1905-1925), Eugene Victor (1909-1988), Logan Shoemaker (1904-1981); sisters Minnie L (1887-?), Alberta (1889-?), Bobelink (1891-?), Anna Mae (1892-1968), Catherine (1893-1971); Nellie (1895-1961).
Sources: Scope of Soviet Activity; BN 58 Retreats; Figueres List; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 549, ll.34 (ver gen amer); Opis 6, Delo 894; ll. 149; USSDA 2:0572, 54:0738 (under Owen, Robert- mother states that he was American Indian) 2:0820, 58:0569, African Americans; L-W Tree Ancestry. Code A