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Tuomas Taisto Rissanen


Rissanen, Tuomas Taisto. (Riszane, Thomas Tito; Ross, Thomas), b. October 31, 1911, Astoria, Oregon; Finnish American, 2 yrs. college, Single, Funeral parlor director and mortician; CP February 5, 1937 (1927), received passport# 429311 on May 29, 1937 which listed his address as 59 Trinity Place, and 78 St. James Place, both Buffalo, New York, and Detroit, Michigan (23096 Carlisle Hagel Street, Royal Oak, Michigan); Sailed June 4, 1937 aboard the Statendam, Arrived in Spain on June 20, 1937, Served with the XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau BN, MG Co., Runner in Section 1, Fuentes de Ebro, WIA Teruel January 19, 1938 shrapnel, 40 days recovery in hospital, Rejoined BDE on March 12, 1938 though it took a further 24hrs to link up with the Mac-Pap MG Co., Retreats, Ebro Offensive, WIA July 25, 1938 shrapnel, Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia, WWII Merchant Marine, KIA 1943 (?).

Sources: SACB, Cadre, Mac-Paps, RA, Finnish, Pacific NW, K. E. Heikkinen, ed., Meidän Poikamme Espanjassa (Our Boys in Spain), Finnish Workers Federation, USA, Inc., 1939, translated by Matti A. Mattson; (obituary under Tom Rissanen) The Volunteer, V 4, #6 March 1943, VALB Office File (indicates Torpedoed).

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Last Name Rissanen
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