BiographyZablakas, Vete (Zablackas, Pete George); b. July 23, 1914, Akron, Ohio; Lithuanian American; Mother Helen Zablackas; High School education; Married; Journalist, Printer, and Editor, was working for the Lithuanian Daily paper “Laisve”; YCL 1929-30, Spanish CP, American Newspaper Guild; Received Passport# 383746 on April 3, 1937 which listed his address as 20-42 Link Court, Maspeth, Long Island, New York, and 46 Ten Eyck Street, Brooklyn, New York; Sailed May 8, 1937 aboard the American Importer; Arrived in Spain via Llansa on May 29, 1937; Trained with the 2nd BN of Instruction, Co. 1; Served with the XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau BN, Co. 1 September 8, 1937; Transferred September 22, 1937 to BDE Transmissions; Rank Cabo, promoted August 11, 1938; Served at Fuentes de Ebro, Teruel, and the Ebro Offensive (Crossing, Sierra Pandols, Sierra Caballs); Rank Cabo; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia; d. July 14, 1968, Spring Valley, California.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; Figueres List; Mac-Pap; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 613; Opis 6, Delo 1018, ll. 1-11 (includes a letter about repatriation request from Lithuanian Fraction in US). Code A
Photographs: Vete Zablackas, Transmiciones, May 1938. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection ; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0042. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 1018.