BiographyCrotto, Sidney (Crotow); b. August 24, 1914, NYC; Elementary education; 1 year unspecified prior military service; Married; Taxi or Truck Driver and Silk Dyer; Member of both CP and YCL, joined both in 1929; Received Passport# 358478 on December 22, 1936 which listed his address as 242 East 21st Street, NYC; Sailed for Spain on December 26, 1936 aboard the Normandie; Arrived in Spain on January 6, 1937; Served in the XV BDE, Lincoln BN through May 1937 then transferred to BDE Transport; In September 1937 he transferred to the Albacete Auto Park and a month later to the 1st Regiment de Tren, 2nd Squadron; Served at Jarama and Brunete; Returned to the US on March 26, 1938 aboard the President Roosevelt; WWII civilian; d. June 8, 1978.
Source: Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; Americans; Lincoln; Repatriation List (10/4/1937, ll. 106); RGASPI; USSDA 2:0477, 53:0504; Italian; L-W Tree Ancestry. Code A
Photograph: Sidney Crotto, courtesy Crotto family.