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Walter Callion


Walter Callion

Callion, Walter. (Callum, Walter); b. November 1, 1919; Single; Mechanic; YCL 1934; received passport# 410135 on May 12, 1937 which listed his address as 2641 Adams Street, St. Louis, Missouri; Sailed May 26, 1937 aboard the Vollendam; Arrived in Spain on June 18, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Auto Park, Mechanic; Returned to the US on August 27, 1938 aboard the President Harding; WWII US Army, rank SGT; d. November 30, 1974.  

Source: Sail, SACB, Cadre.

Photograph: Walter Callion, chauffer and Auto Park mechanic near Teruel, January 1938. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection ; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0067. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.



Born in 1919, Walter Callion worked as a mechanic and joined the YCL in 1934. He left for France aboard the Vollendam, on May 26, 1937. In Spain, Callion served as a mechanic attached to the XVth Brigade's Auto Park. Callion was wounded in battle and evacuated to France. While in Paris awaiting passage to the United States, he met Langston Hughes, who mentioned him in his dispatch to Afro-American dated September 24, 1938. Callion returned to the United States, on the President Harding, on August 27, 1938. During World War II, Callion served in the U.S. Army, first at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and later at Fort Clark, Texas. Callion attained the rank of sergeant and was assigned to teach machine-gun operation. - Chris Brooks



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Walter Callion (left) and unidentified Spanish mechanic. XV Brigade Autopark near Teruel, January 1938.

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