Person - Duvalle, Pierre (1912-1985)

Duvalle, Pierre (1912-1985)




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Fechas de existencia:

France  1912-04-04 - 1985


Pierre Duvalle was born on the 4th of April 1912 in France, near the border of Spain, to a Basque mother and an African father who served in the French Army. The family immigrated to Cuba and from there to New York, where he finished high school and attended two years of college, where he joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He also worked at a dry-cleaning plant. In New York, he encountered the radical political movements of the 1930s and was drawn to the activities of the Communist party. He became friend with the communist organizer Milton Herndon, who died in Spain. He volunteered to serve in Spain when he was twenty four; he sailed on the "Aquitania" on the 16th of September 1937. In Spain, he served in the John Brown Artillery Battery and was in charge of the maintenance and operation of two large 155-millimeter guns. In the fall of 1938 while at the front, he was accidentally wounded. He was sent to a hospital in Valencia for treatment and recuperation. When the international volunteers were withdrawn from Spain, he rejoined his unit and crossed the border into France. After a period of internment, he returned to the United States on the 4th of March 1939. In New York, he resumed his union job at the dry-cleaning plant, but soon moved to San Francisco, where he lived until his death in 1985.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939






Lugar de Residencia:

Estados Unidos

Lugar de Nacimiento:

France in 1912-04-04



Martínez Reverte, Jorge (2014), Martínez Reverte, Jorge, Guerrilleros y traidores. De la guerra de España a la guerra fría. Madrid, Círculo de Lectores, 2014

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Catálogo Bibliotecario:

Jewish Virtual Library

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