BiographyWellman, Saul b. August 18, 1913, Elizabeth, New Jersey; Jewish; Attended Boys High School in Brooklyn, New York; Married; Truck Driver; CP 1930, YCL (1930), DB YCL, CP of Spain August 1937; Received Passport# 386576 on April 8, 1937 which listed his address as 136 Pulaski Street, NYC; Sailed April 28, 1937 aboard the Normandie; Arrived in Spain on May 28, 1937; Sent to OTS after his arrival then on to the XV BDE, transferred to Washington BN, Transmissions in June but the order was likely rescinded; Mackenzie-Papineau BN, Co. 3, Company Commissar elected political delegate on August 7, 1937; Promoted to BN Commissar after Fuentes de Ebro; Left BN just prior to Retreats due to illness; Commissar Special MG unit of the XV BDE in June 1938; WIA during Ebro Offensive; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia; WWII US Army, 101st Airborne, Browning Automatic Rifleman, served at Battle of the Bulge, severely wounded in action; d. December 11, 2003.
Sources: Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; Washington; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 3, Delo 455, ll. 92; ALBA 139 Saul Wellman Collection; Papers in Wayne State, Detroit, Michigan; Good Fight C; (obituary) Ron Aronson, “Saul Wellman, 1913-2003,” The Volunteer, Volume 26, No. 1, March 2004, pp. 20-21. Code A
Photographs: Saul Wellman, Political Commissar of the MacKenzie-Papineau Battalion, February 1938. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0952. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.; Saul Wellman, 1986, by Richard Bermack