Howe, William Edward.

Biography

Howe, William Edward (birth name Jamieson, William; took on the name Howe in 1933); b. July 15, 1908, Fowlerville, Livingston County, Michigan; Father Albert Edward Jamieson, Mother Florence Stokes, Brothers Albert Jamieson and Sinclair Jamieson, Sister Arloa Orwin; Elementary school education; Married (separated) maiden name Diana Gordon; Seaman (NMU) and Party Organizer; Received Passport# 407564 (under Jamieson) on May 7, 1937 which listed his address as 438 West 23rd Street, NYC (81 13th Street East, NYC); CP 1933, International Seaman’s Union; Participated in the Bremen incident, one of the seamen who along with Bill Bailey tore down the Nazi flag on the Bremen.; Domicile 81 Ellridge Street, NYC; Sailed May 12, 1937; Arrived in Spain on June 6, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington BN (?); Served at Belchite; Noted as after Belchite he deserted and was caught in Figueras, when returned to Albacete he refused to go to the front, Later in Jail at Garde National he participated in a riot against the guards, In jail for 70 days, Interviewed by personnel and released and sent to front, Went voluntarily to front; Jailed; Disillusioned deserted in April; Smuggled out on a British merchantman and contacted the American Consul in Gibraltar; Arrived in the Philadelphia aboard the Brynymor on May 29, 1938 along with Henry Rudolph Maier and Herbert Hunt Searl; d. June 30, 1976, Santa Barbara, California (?).

Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 849, ll. 4, Special List for Personnel Service, Deserters List of Those Now in Spain, January16, 1938; USSDA; L-W Tree Ancestry; Peter Carroll, p. 163. Code A