Person - McDaniels, Eluard Luchell (1912-1985)

McDaniels, Eluard Luchell (1912-1985)




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Fechas de existencia:

1912 - 1985-12-06


McDaniels, Eluard Luchell was born in Mississippi in 1912. He left home at an early age and made his way to California. In San Francisco, Consuelo Kanaga, a well-known photographer, took him in. Under her tutelage, McDaniels completed high school and studied art at San Francisco State College. While living in San Francisco, McDaniels developed ties to the labor movement and the Communist Party, which he joined in 1930. In the early years of the Depression, he returned to the South to help organize the Alabama Sharecroppers' Union. He was also involved in the Federal Writers Project of the Work Projects Administration and published short stories in a Work Projects Administration publication "Just Stuff". McDaniels traveled to Europe aboard the "Ausonia" on the 25th of June 21937. In Spain, McDaniels was assigned to a transport unit as a truck driver. In early in 1938, he was transferred as an infantryman to the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion and eventually to the Lincoln-Washington Battalion. During the Ebro Offensive, Spanish Loyalist troops, awed by his prowess at grenade pitching, gave McDaniels the nickname "El Fantástico". Wounded in his left leg he spent the remainder of his time in Spain in hospitals. He returned to the United States on the "President Harding" on the 31st of December 1938. McDaniels returned to San Francisco, joined the Merchant Marine and worked as a cook. In 1940, he was elected to the post of Adjutant Commander of the VALB. McDaniels found employment at a factory in San Francisco and worked there until his retirement. He died on the 6th of December 1985.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939






Lugar de Residencia:

Estados Unidos


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

External Links

Recursos web:

Brooklyn Museum

Recurso web:

The volunteer


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