Gonshak, Samuel.

Biography

Gonshak, Samuel (Gunshuk, Gunshick); b. September 22, 1911, NYC; father Hyman Gonshak, mother Sarah Gonshak; No prior military service; Primary school education; Single; Driver; CP November 1931; Received Passport# 366717 on February 11, 1937 which listed his address as 688 Rockaway Avenue, and 2083 60th Street, both Brooklyn, New York; Sailed February 20, 1937 aboard the Ile de France; Arrived in Spain on March 15, 1937; Served with the Albacete Auto Park, May 20 to OTS graduated July 6, transferred to the XV BDE, Lincoln BN, July 7, 1937, remained with Lincoln-Washington after merger; December 1st to Tarazona Base; February 15, 1938 to XV Brigade Transport; Commissar; Rank Sargento; WIA September 14, 1937 Belchite, hit int the arm, Hospital Benicasim 3 weeks; To Hospital for illness September 4, 1938, Gerona 2.5 weeks; Served at Brunete (section political leader), Quinto, Belchite (section leader, company adjutant, company commander), Retreats, Ebro Offensive (Commissar of Transport); Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia; d. May 9, 2000.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre (under Gunshick); Pay; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 900, ll. 35-46; Opis 6, Delo 904, ll. 19 (under Gunshick); Good Fight C; Harriman; (obituary) The Volunteer, Volume 22, No. 3, Summer 2000, p. 21.