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Mack, Henry


Mack, Henry. (Henry Maki, [real name] Oni August Arvitt), b. November 22, 1909, Finland, Finnish American, Automobile worker, CP 1932 and Spanish CP, Domicile Ohio and Bessemer, Pennsylvania, 28 yrs. old, Sailed March 10, 1937 aboard the Washington, Arrived in Spain on March 28, 1937, Served with the XI BDE (Thaelman), Edgar Andre BN, MG Co., Section Leader, Rank Sargento, Guadalajara and Brujela, WIA after recovery attended OTS,  Was assigned as an instructor at OTS for three months (teaching MG use), transferred to XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau BN, joined during the Retreats, Assigned as Company Commander and briefly as acting Commander for the BN,  Became Commander No. 2 Company after Cecil Smith's return,  WIA during Ebro Offensive on September 21, 1938, rank Teniente, Subsequently promoted to Captain, Was briefly detained in a French Concentration camp, Returned to the US  on August 8, 1939 aboard the Washington, d. February 25, 1976.

Sources: Pay, RA, Canadian, Finnish, K. E. Heikkinen, ed., Meidän Poikamme Espanjassa (Our Boys in Spain), Finnish Workers Federation, USA, Inc., 1939, translated by Matti A. Mattson, (obituary notice) The Volunteer, May 1976.

Photograph: Lieutenant Henry Mack, Company 2, Mackenzie-Papineau, May 1938. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-1302. 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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