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Carl Ralph Syvanen

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Syvanen, Carl Ralph


Syvanen, Carl Ralph. b. March 2, 1912, Noaquin, Washington; Finnish American, Seaman; CP 1934; Domicile Astoria, Oregon, Arrived in Spain in April 1937; Served with the XV BDE, British BN, Lincoln BN, MG Co. (Toivo Antikainen MG Section 21 men Squad 1 Toivo Suni, Commander, Carl Syvanen, Yrjo Keinanen, Waino Hamalainen, alexius Salo, Raisanen, Sulo Niemi, Pyhatalo and Tanttila, acting Political Commissar, Squad 2 Henry Buska also Section Leader, Matti Haukkala, John Viitaniemi, Kerkkonen, Anttila, Matti Maki, Huosionmaa, and Jussi Savikko. Squad 3 Frans Pakkala, commander of squad, squad included other nationalities, Nilo Kruth was MG section leader) Last commander of the MG Co. rank Teniente; Mackenzie-Papineau BN, Co. 1, rank Sargento, Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia.

Sources: XV BDE, Pay, RA, Finnish, K. E. Heikkinen, ed., Meidän Poikamme Espanjassa (Our Boys in Spain), Finnish Workers Federation, USA, Inc., 1939, translated by Matti A. Mattson.

Photograph: Corporal Carl Syvanen, Company 1, Mackenzie-Papineau, April 1938. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0184. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries

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