Person - Simon, John Leopold (1913-1999)

Simon, John Leopold (1913-1999)




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Filadelfia (Pensilvania, Estados Unidos)  1913-01-18 - 1999-12-20


John Leopold Simon was born on January 18, 1913, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Gratz High School in 1930 and from the University of Pennsylvania in 1933. The following year, he entered Philadelphia's Jefferson Medical College, but in the third year, in February 1937, he left to join the International Brigades.

He arrived in Spain on February 17, 1937, and even though he was not a doctor he was assigned to be a first-aid man on the front lines. At first, he served with the Lincoln Battalion of the 15th International Brigade. Later, he served in the British Battalion and his last unit was the Lincoln-Washington Battalion. He served at Jarama and Brunete as Doctor with the rank of Captain. For this reason, he was known as "Doc Simon" for all the American volunteers. Simon returned to the US on November 2, 1938, aboard the "Paris".

Simon had a long career as doctor working in New York, Louisiana and Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico he was repeatedly struck by the legal impediments to delivering medical care. He also taught in in different University from Puerto Rico, but in 1974 he returned at private practice in New York. He died on December 20, 1999.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939






Lugar de Residencia:

Estados Unidos

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Filadelfia (Pensilvania, Estados Unidos) in 1913-01-18





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

The Volunteer, Vol. 22, No. 2, Spring 2000, p. 20.

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