And Delmer Berg, the last known surviving veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, has died in his home in California at the age of 100. Berg was one of about 2,800 U.S. volunteers who traveled to Spain to fight against the fascist dictator Franco during the Spanish Civil War. Berg was also a longtime labor organizer, who worked with the United Farm Workers. He recalled his decision to fight in Spain in an interview in 2013.
Delmer Berg: “I was very affected by the fascist attempt to take over in Spain. So, I bought out of the Army. Then I didn’t know how to get to Spain, 'til one day I was going to work in Hollywood as a dishwasher in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and I see on the side of a building: ’Friends of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.' I turned the corner, went up there, told them, 'I want to go to Spain.'”