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William Kwananekoa Baker


William Kwananekoa Baker

Baker, William Kwanaekoa. (William James Baker), b. July 9, 1909, Honolulu, Hawaii, African American, Single, Truck driver and Deep Sea diver, no political affiliation, received passport# 30693 on July 24, 1937 which listed his address as 2369 Lehar Street, Honolulu, Hawaii and 190 Emarcadero, San Francisco, California; Sailed August 7, 1937, aboard the Georgic (Aquitania),  Arrived in Spain on August 17, 1937, Served with the XV BDE, Auto Park; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia.

Source: Sail, SACB, Ancestry.

Photograph: William Baker, Auto Park, April 1938.The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0145. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.



William Kwanaekoa Baker was born in Honolulu on July 9, 1909. Before going to Spain Baker was a seaman and drove a truck in San Francisco. Baker departed for Europe aboard the Georgic on August 7, 1937. He initially trained as a light machine gunner, but due to the shortage of skilled truck drivers, Baker was assigned to the Albacete auto park. He later transferred to the transport section of the XVth International Brigade where he remained until the international volunteers were ordered repatriated. Baker returned to the United States aboard the Ausonia on December 20, 1938. ~ Chris Brooks

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William Baker, Auto Park. April 1938. (ALBA Collection)

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Last Name Baker
First/Middle Name William Kwananekoa
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