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David Doran


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k-Doran, Dave. (Dransky, Dave);b. October 4, 1909, Albany, New York; Attended High school for 1 year; Married; Party organizer, Seaman and Painter; YCL 1930 and CP 1931; Domicile Albany, New York; 27 years old; Sailed May 19, 1937 aboard the Normandie; Arrived in Spain on June 17, 1930; Served with the  XV BDE, Brigade Commissar; trained with MacKenzie-Papineau BN, Company Commissar; to front as replacement became Estado Mayor, Assistant Brigade Commissar appointed BDE Commissar on October 1, 1937; Believed captured and executed on April 2, 1938, Gandesa, during the Retreats.

Source: Cadre, Mac-Pap, XV BDE, RA, USSDA 2:0498, 53:0776. 

Photograph: Dave Doran, Marian Merriman and Robert Hale Merriman. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-1324. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries; USSDA 852.2221 Box 6437 B, Brigade roster dated February 1938, Estado Mayor, Historical Commission of the International Brigades - Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion August 1937 Questionnaire




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Additional Notes P 714, P 760, A 73, B 766, C 64, C 101, C 104, C 105, C 107, C 128, C 130, C 141, C 202, C 255, C 298, C 299, D 29, D 33, D 54, D 56, D 57, trained with Mackenzie-Papineau BN, Company Commissar; to front as replacement became Assistant Brigade Commissar appointed BD Commissar on October 1, 1937 Dave Doran, the son of a paper-mill worker, was born in Albany, New York, in 1910. He joined the American Communist Party in 1930 and worked as a trade union organizer with agricultural workers (Alabama), textile workers (North Carolina) and coal miners (Pennsylvania). By 1936 he was the party's director of trade union activities. In 1937 Doran joined the Abraham Lincoln Battalion, a unit that volunteered to fight for the Popular Front government during the Spanish Civil War. After arriving in Spain he joined the other International Brigades at Albacete. Doran was appointed brigade commissar and worked closely with Robert Minor, the local American representative to the Comintern in Spain. In March 1938 Doran was sent to the Aragón front. Later that month Dave Doran was killed along with Robert Merriman while fighting at Gandesa. - Biography courtesy of Spartacus Educational