Aalto, William Oliver. (Alstrom, William); b. July 16, 1916, NYC; Finnish American; Guerrilla; Attended Theodore Roosevelt High School in Bronx, New York; Prior military service as a cadet; Single; Printer’s apprentice and Driver; YCL 1935; received passport# 364889 on February 4, 1937 which listed his address as 3327 Delavell Avenue, Bronx, New York; Sailed February 6, 1937 aboard the Paris; Arrived in Spain and entered the IB on February 10, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Auto Park, driver; XIV Corps, Guerrilla leader rank – Captain; Returned to the US on February 4, 1939 aboard the President Harding; WWII US Army December 1941 transfer to OSS April 12, 1942, discharged due to training accident; d. June 11, 1958, NYC, buried in Pine Lawn Cemetery, now the Long Island National Cemetary in Farmington, Long Island; Aalto was one of several homosexual volunteers.
Source: Sail (under Alstrom), SACB, Cadre, Americans, Finnish, Biographical information from Victor Berch, K. E. Heikkinen, ed., Meidän Poikamme Espanjassa (Our Boys in Spain), Finnish Workers Federation, USA, Inc., 1939, translated by Matti A. Mattson.
Photograph: William Aalto, Meidän Poikamme Espanjassa (Our Boys in Spain).
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