Person - Love, Vaughn Costine (1907-1990)

Love, Vaughn Costine (1907-1990)




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Fechas de existencia:

United States  1907-12-08 - 1990-10-27


Love, Vaughn was born in Dayton, Tennessee, on the 8th of December 1907 to an interracial family. He moved to West Virginia as a teenager. After graduation from high school, Love attended Bluefield College where he played football with considerable success. After two years, he transferred to West Virginia State College on a football scholarship. An injury ended his football career and he left West Virginia for New York, hoping to attend Columbia University. Love arrived in New York in 1929. In New York, he became involved with the Federal Theater Project. This led to connections with the League of Struggle for Negro Rights and the Southern Labor Committee. He joined the Communist Party in 1934.

Love left for France aboard the "Ile de France" on the 20th of February 1937. In Spain, he was assigned to the first company of the Washington Battalion and served as his section's political leader. He fought through the Brunete campaign and remained with the first company after the Lincoln and Washington battalions were merged. After Brunete, Love was sent to Officers Training School. On completion of his training, he rejoined the Lincoln-Washington Battalion and took over a section of his former unit, Company 1. On the 5th of January 1938, four days after the 15th International Brigade entered the lines at Teruel, Love was wounded in action.

He was still hospitalized at the time of the Retreats and his hospital group was among the last to cross the bridge at Tortosa before the bridge was destroyed in the face of the advancing Nationalists. After the Retreats, Love rejoined the decimated Lincoln-Washington Battalion as a section leader and helped to train the young Spanish conscripts who were brought in to bring the unit up to strength. Love's section received the benefit of his experience and training. During the Ebro Offensive, he was again wounded while fighting in the mountains of Pandols on the 19th of August 1938. After a short hospitalization, he returned to the battalion on September 12, and was appointed Chief of the Headquarters Section. Love remained with the battalion through the fighting in the mountains of Cavalls and until the International Brigades were withdrawn on the 24th of September 1938.His final rank was Acting Lieutenant.

Love returned from Spain on the "Ausonia" on the 20th of December 1938. In the United States Love resumed his work with the Communist Party. When the United States entered World War II, he joined the Army and served in the Quartermaster Corps advancing to the rank of Sergeant. Love was wounded in France and repatriated. After the war, Love married and lived in New York balancing political activities with a career in the communications field. He died on the 27th of October 1990.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939






Lugar de Residencia:

Estados Unidos

Lugar de Nacimiento:

United States in 1907-12-08


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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