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Robert Hale Merriman Residence

Berkeley History

 
 
Robert Hale Merriman Residence Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 3, 2020
1. Robert Hale Merriman Residence Marker
Inscription.  Robert Hale Merriman, a UC Berkeley graduate student studying economics during the early 1930s, was among the first Americans to give his life in the fight against fascism. During the Spanish Civil War, Merriman was a commanding officer of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion, which consisted of over 3,000 volunteers—at least ten of them from Berkeley—fighting to preserve the Spanish Republic. He disappeared after a battle in April 1938, presumably killed by General Francisco Franco’s Nationalist forces. Merriman was also notably the inspiration for Robert Jordan, the protagonist of Ernest Hemingway’s novel For Whom the Bell Tolls. While attending Cal shortly before leaving for Europe, Merriman and his wife Marion lived in this apartment building.

Plaque sponsored by UC Berkeley history major Milton Zerman

Berkeley Historical Plaque Project

2019
 
Erected 2019 by Berkeley Historical Plaque Project.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicWars, Non-US.
 
Location. 37° 

Robert Hale Merriman Residence Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 3, 2020
2. Robert Hale Merriman Residence Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here just to the right of the building entrance.
52.679′ N, 122° 15.604′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Virginia Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2517 Virginia Street, Berkeley CA 94709, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Allenoke Manor (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Annie's Oak" (about 700 feet away); Daley’s Scenic Park Street Improvenents (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cloyne Court Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jensen House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hillside School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Benjamin Ide Wheeler House and Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); Observatory Hill (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
Also see . . .
1. Student honors 1930s anti-fascist war hero, ‘the best of us’ (Berkeley News, August 21, 2019). "Merriman was one of at least 10 Berkeley students from diverse academic fields and racial backgrounds — and some 2,800 U.S. citizens — who voluntarily fought in the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War to defend the Spanish government against rebels backed by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. At the time, American public sentiment favored maintaining strict neutrality in European conflicts." (Submitted on July 14, 2020.) 

2. Robert Hale Merriman (Wikipedia). (Submitted on July 14, 2020.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 14, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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