Person - Thornton, Nathan James (1915-2011)

Thornton, Nathan James (1915-2011)

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Dates of existence/Biographical dates:

Utah (Estados Unidos)  1915-01-14 - 2011-01-02

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Thornton, James Nathan was born the 14th of January 1915 in Oasis, Utah. When he was 18 years old, he joined the Young Communist League.

Nate later worked in the New Deal's Civilian Conservation Corps and in 1935 sailed as a merchant seaman around the world. In 1937, he was back in San Francisco when the call came to join the International Brigades. Nate hoped to live in a socialist Spain.

After two weeks of training, Nate was recruited as truck and ambulance drivers for the 15th International Brigade. Nate served at the Cordoba and Brunete fronts, at a military school in Madrid, and at the Ebro, transporting wounded soldiers. He returned home when the International Brigades were demobilized in 1938. Nate moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a union carpenter. He later moved to the Bay Area, where Nate eventually joined the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Nate was active in Veterans for Peace and the Bay Area Post of the VALB. In 1986, he went to Spain for the 50th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War. He was active in the School of Americas Watch. He died at his home in Rohnert Park on the 2nd of January 2011.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939

 

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United States

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Utah (Estados Unidos) in 1915-01-14

Lugar de Defunci¿n:

California (Estados Unidos) in 2011-01-02

Sources

Martínez Reverte, Jorge. Guerreros y traidores: de la guerra de España a la Guerra Fría. 1ª ed. Jorge M. Reverte. Barcelona: Galaxia Gutenberg. 2014. 242 páginas. 978-84-672-5803-5 .

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