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Biography

Varquex de Castillo, Franke (Vasquez, Frank); b. March 26, 1905, Tampa, Florida; Cuban American; father Gustavo, mother Francisca; No prior military service; HS in Cuba; University of Tampa 1928-29 studied agriculture and mechanics; Single; Tobacco worker, Hotel worker, Resteraunt worker; Domicile NYC; joined CP in 1937 in Spain; Circulo Cubano of Tampa, Club Julio Antnio Mella in NYC, Union of Tabacco workers in Tampa, YFOA; Arrived in Spain February 1, 1937; (or Arrived in Spain on October 4, 1936?); Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln BN; later to 46th Division, 10th BDE Mixta, rose to command 46th Division Discipline Company; Rank Sargento; Served at Jarama, Guadalajara, Quijorna, Cuesta de la Reina, and Alfambra; Wounded in action 3 times – February 24, 1937 at Jarama hit in the arm, during attack at Quijorna hit in head, and at Lerida, on February 4, 1938, spent six months total in various hospitals; Returned to the US on January 20, 1939 aboard the Aquitania; Had traveled to Cuba, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Haiti, England and Spain.
Sources: RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 1005, ll. 43-60, ver arch gen amer; L-W Tree Ancestry. Code A
Photograph: Flamingo Vasquez in Spain (Believe this is Frank Vasquez), RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 1006, ll. 60.