Person - Amsbury, Clifton Holman (1910-2007)

Amsbury, Clifton Holman (1910-2007)




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Fechas de existencia:

Kansas (estado, Estados Unidos)  1910-07-16 - California (Estados Unidos)  2007-05-28


Amsbury, Clifton was born on the 16th of July 1910 in Longton, Kansas, the second of four brothers. He developed a keen interest in the burning social and political issues of his day, heightened by the insights gained from academic training in anthropology at UC-Berkeley and the University of Nebraska.

He arrived in Spain at the end of August 1937, received his basic training in Tarazona de la Mancha, served with the Lincolns on the Ebro Front, and was wounded in March 1938 and hospitalized in various hospitals. By the time he had healed sufficiently to rejoin his unit, the international brigades were being sent home. He was repatriated at the end of 1938.

Like other surviving Lincoln vets, the remainder of Clifton's long life was shaped, defined and inspired by his experience in Spain. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked for the California State Employment Office until 1971, when he retired to pursue a second career in anthropology, which he taught at Contra Costa Community College for another 20 years until he retired at age 80.

All the while he remained steadfast in his support of progressive causes. In 1987 he traveled to Nicaragua with a contingent of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade to deliver ambulances.

He died in Richmond, Contra Costa, California, on the 28th of May 2007, although his age he had been going to the reunion of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Oakland until that year.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939






Lugar de Residencia:

Estados Unidos

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Kansas (estado, Estados Unidos) in 1910-07-16

Lugar de Defunción:

California (Estados Unidos) in 2007-05-28


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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