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Biography

k-Rodriguez, Rafael (Ralph); b. January 12, 1911, San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico; Puerto Rican; mother Maria Rodriguez b. San Lorenzo, PR, circa 1888, deceased; clerk; Received Passport# 497567 on February 11, 1938 which listed his address as 29 East 105th Street, NYC; Sailed February 16, 1938 aboard the President Harding; Arrived in Spain via Massanet on March 2, 1938; To the front on March 13, 1938 as a replacement; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington BN, Co. 3, Rank Soldado; Killed in action April 1, 1938, Gandesa during the Retreats; Believed captured and executed.
Sources: Scope of Soviet Activity; Figueres List; RGASPI, Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 36; José Alejandro Ortiz Carrión and Teresita Torres Rivera, Voluntarios de la Libertad, Puertorriqueños en Defensa de la República Española 1936-1939. Code A