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Martin David Maki


Maki, Martin


Maki, Martin David. b. July 4, 1911, Newberry, Michigan, Finnish American, POW, Single, Journalist, Laborer and Organizer, CP and YCL, state executive for YCL; received passport# 396443 on April 22, 1937 which listed his address as 1627 North 6th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin (Box 124 Newberry, Michigan); Sailed May 4, 1937,  Arrived in Spain on May 30, 1937, Served with the XV BDE, Washington BN, MG Co., Section 3, Was part of the 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,  and the Lincoln-Washington BN, at Brunete, cited for distinguished service, WIA Fuentes de Ebro, rejoined Lincoln-Washington BN, rank Cabo, reported MIA Retreats, Gandesa, Captured April 3, 1938 released April 22, 1939, Returned to the US  on May 6, 1939 aboard the President Harding, WWII US  Army, joined May 25, 1942,  Served stateside in a number of unit including 166th Infantry BN,  He later went to Europe arriving February 1945 and fought with the 26th Infantry "Yankee” Division in France, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia,  (Geiser notes ran a Polish POW camp) Rank SGT. d. May 25, 2001, Annandale, Minnesota. 


Sources: Sail, SACB, Cadre, BN 58 Retreats, RA, USSDA 2:0744, 57:0284; Finnish, POW, Martin Maki, "Venga, Venga" [describing the battle of Purbell Hill], (obituary) The Volunteer, Vol. 23, No. 3, p. 22; K. E. Heikkinen, ed., Meidän Poikamme Espanjassa (Our Boys in Spain), Finnish Workers Federation, USA, Inc., 1939, translated by Matti A. Mattson. 

Photograph: Martin Maki just prior to the Spanish Civil War, Maria Maki.


A Finnish-American volunteer from Minnesota, Martin Maki died at the age of 89. “He was just a very incredible idealist,” said his daughter Maria Maki of Annandale, Minnesota. Maki was a prisoner of war at the San Pedro de Cardenas camp. He later served in the U.S. Army during World War II.


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