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Alonzo Watson


Alonzo Watson

k-Watson, Alonzo. African American, Prior Military Service in the US Army, 365th Illinois Infantry during WWI, Married, Painter, CP Harlem Division, received passport# 3227 New York series on December 23, 1936 which listed his address as 47 East 12th Avenue, NYC, Sailed December 26, 1936 aboard the Normandie, Served with XV BDE, Lincoln BN, KIA February 25, 1937, felled by a sniper, Jarama. 

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Photograph: Alonzo Watson, clipping.



Alonzo Watson was born in 1891. Originally from Chicago, Watson served in World War I with the 365th Illinois Infantry. After the war Watson moved to New York worked as a painter and joined the Harlem branch of the Communist Party. Together with William Edward White, he was one of the two black volunteers among the first group of ninety-six who left New York, on the Normandie, on December 26, 1936. Watson served in the Lincoln Battalion. A sniper shot him as he moved across a short stretch of roadway that interrupted the trenches at the Jarama Front. His death on February 25, 1937 made him the first African American volunteer killed in action. ~ Chris Brooks

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