BiographyWren, Samuel b. June 4, 1898 Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania; father Thomas Wren; High School education; 13 years Prior Service in the US Marine Corps; Attended OTS in Waco, Texas in 1917-18, was a District Commander in Nicarargua, Rank 1st LT; Single; Mining Engineer, Prospector, and Professional soldier; No party affiliation; Received Passport# 38, Guatemala series, on December 10, 1934 which listed his address as 218 East Green Street, Nanticoke; Sailed August 21, 1937 aboard the Britannic; Arrived in Spain via Recassens on September 4, 1937; Trained at Tarazona beginning September 8, 1937, served as training company commander and adjutant commander of the OTS; Transferred to XV BDE February 12, 1938; Served with the XV BDE, Estado Mayor, Observer Scouts; Commander Brigade Patrol; Attended OTS, graduated February 16, 1938; Served at Retreats and the Ebro Offensive; Rank promoted to Cabo on May 1, 1938 and Sargento on September 4, 1938, Teniente; Returned to the US on December 15, 1938 aboard the Paris; WWII US Army, Master Sergeant; d. March 13, 1985, Tarrant, Texas, buried in Arwine Cemetery, Hurst, Tarrant County, Texas; Wife Veva Maxine Arthur Wren, Daughter Helen Arthurene Wren Giddens, Sons Samuel Thomas Wren and Benjamin James Wren.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Figueres List; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 1016, ll. 2-12; Pacific NW, L-W Tree Ancestry; Find-a-Grave# 12323255. Code A
Photograph: Samuel Wren, May 1938.The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection ; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0217. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.