Author Archive for Chris Brooks

Remembrance Day – By Tom Kozar

November 9, 2016
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Remembrance Day – By Tom Kozar

Blast from the Past is an ongoing series of posts reprinting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer. “Remembrance Day” by Tom Kozar, November 11, 1988 Originally published in The Volunteer, V. 10, no. 3, December 1988. Today is Remembrance Day and as I woke to the sounds of Vera Lynn’s voice singing the words...
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The Noblest Fruit of Them All – By Jim Persoff

November 2, 2016
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The Noblest Fruit of Them All – By Jim Persoff

Blast from the Past is an ongoing series of posts reprinting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer. The Noblest Fruit of Them All by Jim Persoff The Volunteer, Volume 3, No. 5, 1981 When the 14th anti-aircraft battery took up a position in Madrid, somewhere between the Parrios “Tetuan” and “Chamartin,” a team of...
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Albin C. Ragner: Mostest First-Line Infantryman – By Benjamin Goldring

September 24, 2016
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Blast from the Past is an ongoing series of posts reprinting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer. Albin C. Ragner: Mostest First-Line Infantryman by Benjamin Goldring The Volunteer, Volume 5, Number 2, June 1983. Albin C. Ragner, Lincoln Battalion Veteran, does not appear to have made it into any books or any print on...
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Eugene David Bronstein – By Saul Freidberg

September 17, 2016
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Notes from the Biographical Dictionary Project.  Saul Freidberg provided several short biographical sketches on fellow veterans.  The sketches provide insight into Friedberg as well.   Eugene David Bronstein By Saul Freidberg, April 22, 1996 Bronstein was born in NYC about 1915. He went to CCNY, from which he was graduated in 1934, where he...
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A Shout of Triumph – By Lloyd L. Brown

September 16, 2016
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A Shout of Triumph – By Lloyd L. Brown

Blast from the Past is an ongoing series of posts reprinting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer. A Shout of Triumph By Lloyd L. Brown The Volunteer, December 1975, p. 7   Like millions of people around the world, my fellow-Soldiers at a U. S. Army base were overjoyed to hear that Hitler’s forces...
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My Grandfather, Sam Gonshak – By Amber Glassberg

August 24, 2016
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My Grandfather, Sam Gonshak – By Amber Glassberg

Blast from the Past is an ongoing series of posts reprinting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer.   “My Grandfather, Sam Gonshak,” by Amber Glassberg Originally appeared in The Volunteer, V.9, No. 3, November 1987.   An essay submitted for an Honors English Class for which Amber received and A++ by her teacher Mrs....
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“What Wonderful People” – By Leo Rosenberg

August 8, 2016
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Blast from the Past is an ongoing series of posts reprinting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer.   “What Wonderful People” by Leo Rosenberg Originally published in The Volunteer, Volume 10, Number  3, December 1988. One of my sons, who lives in Cleveland, sent me a human interest item the other day. I had...
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Gus – By Ed Lending

July 31, 2016
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 Blast from the Past is an ongoing series reprinting articles from historical issues of The Volunteer. Gus by Ed Lending The Volunteer, Volume 5, Number 1, February 1983. It’s reassuring to know that our comrades will not pass out of our lives un-commemorated. My own failure to fittingly solemnize one comrade’s death has been...
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Jarama Series The Regiments

July 13, 2016
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Jarama Series The Regiments

In the Jarama Series, The Volunteer Blog will present a series of articles examining the experiences of volunteers in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion from its formation to the Brunete Offensive in July 1937. Articles will focus both on the battalion’s formation as well as on the individuals who served. These articles are intended to...
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Jarama Series: Canadians in the Lincoln Battalion

June 15, 2016
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Jarama Series: Canadians in the Lincoln Battalion

 In the Jarama Series, The Volunteer Blog will present a series of articles examining the experiences of volunteers in the Abraham Lincoln Battalion from its formation to the Brunete Offensive in July 1937. Articles will focus both on the battalion’s formation as well as on the individuals who served. These articles are intended to...
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