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Aarne Mynttinen

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Mynttinen, Aarne


k-Mynttinen, Aarne. b. October 10, 1896, Mantiharju, Finland, To the US  around 1924, Finnish American, Grammar school education, Finnish Civil War, 1918 served in Finnish Red Guard WIA & POW, Single, Business Manager of the Daily Eteenpain and Carpenter, CP 1925, Domicile NYC, Sailed April 7, 1937 aboard the Queen Mary, Arrived in Spain on June 4, 1937, Served with the XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau BN during training, sent as a replacement to Lincoln-Washington BN, MG Co. (Toivo Antikainen), Commissar to Toivo Antikainen section, later to Mackenzie-Papineau BN, MG Co., Commissar, During the first phase of the Retreats on the night of March 10, 1938 Lt. Buska was ordered to place his platoon on a cliff covering the main highway,  The following morning the unit was subjected to heavy artillery fire and repeated assaults, When the Mackenzie-Papineau BN was ordered to retreat the BN staff was unable to get to the isolated element to pull them back,  The unit held out until its ammunition ran out,  The surviving soldiers were taken prisoner and most summarily executed, KIA March 11, 1938.

Sources: Cadre, Mac-Pap, Finnish, K. E. Heikkinen, ed., Meidän Poikamme Espanjassa (Our Boys in Spain), Finnish Workers Federation, USA, Inc., 1939, translated by Matti A. Mattson.

Photograph: Aarne Mynttinen. Meidän Poikamme Espanjassa (Our Boys in Spain).


 

 

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