Prager, Thomas Theodore.

Biography

Prager, Thomas Theodore. b. July 15, 1912, Hartford, Connecticut; father George Prager, mother Kate Murphy (Nell Mellian); No prior military service; Elementary education; Single; Printer; YCL and CP 1932 and Spanish CP, International Typographical Union; Received Passport# 367055 on February 13, 1937 which listed his addres as 117 East 89th Street, NYC, and 24 Plant Street, New Haven, Connecticut; (258 Cedar Street, New Haven, Connecticut); Sailed February 17, 1937 aboard the President Roosevelt; Arrived in Spain on March 12, 1937; Served with the Auto Park,Albacete, later with Artillery, 11th Regiment, 2nd Group, 14th Battery (John Brown Battery), 155mm Guns, Telephonist and Observer; Very briefly a truck driver; Rank Soldado; Shell-shocked; Returned to the US on February 4, 1939 aboard the President Harding; Moved to San Diego circa 1959; Member of the San Diego Post of VALB.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 965, ll. 2-15; Sue Garson, “For Whom the Bell Tolled, San Diego Veterans of the Spanish Civil War, San Diego Reader, July 17, 1980; L-W Tree Ancestry. Code A
Photograph: Ted Prager in Spain, For Whom the Bell Tolled.