BiographyBown, Vernon Wilburt (Bowen); b. October 14, 1917, Spooner, Wisconsin; Education through the 8th grade; Single; Laborer and Truck Driver; CP May 1936; Received Passport# 404933 on May 5, 1937 which listed his address as 1446 Illinois Street, Racine, Wisconsin, and Lampson, Wisconsin; Sailed May 15, 1937 aboard the Georgic; Arrived in Spain via Setcases on June 15, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau BN; Returned to the US on December 15, 1938 aboard the Paris; d. March 23, 2012; After Spain married nurse Ruth Davidow.
Source: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; Figueres List; Inventory North Americans; XV BDE; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Fond 543, ll 83; Opis 6, Delo 1006, ll. 17, ver arch gen amer. Code A
Photograph: Vernon Bown in Spain. RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 866.