Biographyk-O'Kane, Walter Elmer (“Kid”); b. July 28, 1907, Dixon, Illinois; Grammar School education; Single; Seaman (NMU) and Longshoreman; YCL 1935 (1937), CP; Received Passport# 30101, , San Francisco series,, on June 29, 1937 which listed his address as 2335 Northwest Gilsan, Portland, Oregon, and Dixon, Illinois (607 E. Chamberlain, Liton, Illinois); Sailed July 14, 1937 aboard the Aquitania; Arrived in Spain via Agullana on July 25, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau BN; Lincoln-Washington BN, Transmissiones; Rank Soldado; Reported MIA April 3, 1938 near Gandeasa during the Retreats; Was arrested by civil police on February 8, 1938 after leaving the train station in Valencia to get food, was confined in the Guardia National until released to rejoin his unit.
Sources: Scope of Soviet Activity; BN 58 Retreats; Cadre; Figueres List; Mac-Paps; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 957, ll. 61, details of his arrest on February 8, 1938; Pacific NW. Code A
Photograph: Walter “Kid” O’Kane, Transmiciones, December 1937. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0934. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.