Person - Kilpatrick, Admiral (1898-1992)

Kilpatrick, Admiral (1898-1992)




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Kilpatrick, Admiral (1898-1992)

Fechas de existencia:

Denver  1898-02-20 - 1992-02-29


Admiral Kilpatrick was an African American born on February 20, 1898, in Denver. He finished high school education, and was a member of the Socialist Party. Later, he joined the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). After high school he worked as an unskilled laborer in the Cleveland area.

During First World War, Kilpatrick joined the Army and served in France as a mechanic. After the war he briefly moved to Australia, returning to the United States in 1925. He became a member of the Communist Party of the Unites States of America (CPUSA) in 1928. The Party sent him to study in the Soviet Union where he studied in the Lenin School from 1933 until 1935.

Kilpatrick left for Spain on the "Ile de France" on February 20, 1937, and arrived on March 17, 1937. He served in a transport unit and later as an ambulance driver. He was also involved in an intelligence unit's efforts to end the sabotage of trucks by Rebel sympathizers. While working as a frontline driver, he was wounded by shrapnel. He returned to the United States aboard the "Ausonia" on December 20, 1938.

Back home, Kilpatrick became president of Local 735 of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers. Years later after the union was expelled from the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) as Communist dominated, he resigned from the union and went to work for Westinghouse. Later, he started a small independent trucking business and, along with fellow Spanish Civil War veteran Harry Haywood, was involved in intent of founding a new leftwing political party. In 1960, he was expelled from the CPUSA, and a year later he was arrested and convicted on a larceny charge in Cleveland for which he served a brief prison term.

Kilpatrick died in February 1992.

Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Date of the event: 1936 - 1939






Lugar de Residencia:

Estados Unidos

Lugar de Nacimiento:

Denver in 1898-02-20


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

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