Van Rensalaier Chase Junior was a volunteer from Calgary, Alberta. He worked as a sailor, currier, janitor, and as a party organizer in the Communist Party. He arrived in Spain in June 1937, where he served in many units including as a telephonist. He was taken prisoner during the retreats, but was freed in a prisoner exchange in October 1938. He travelled to the United States. He was initially rejected by the United States Army because of his health, then joined the Merchant Marine and served during World War II. He died in 1985 in Los Angeles, California.