Howe, William Edward.


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; 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 deserted after Belchite 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;  Disillusioned deserted in April; Smuggled out by 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 (?).

Siblings: Brothers Albert Jamieson and Sinclair Jamieson, Sister Arloa Orwin.

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