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Yrjo George Keinanen

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Keinanen, Yrjo George


k-Keinanen, Yrjo George. (Kainanen); Finnish American; Domicile NYC; Sailed April 7, 1937 aboard the Queen Mary; Served with the XV BDE, Washington BN, MG Co., Lincoln-Washington 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); Cited for distinguished service at Brunete; L-W, MG Co. Teruel, British BN; during retreats he was wounded in the leg, he told his comrades "Run as fast hell, and give my regard to the others;" Killed in action March 17, 1938, Caspe, during the Retreats.

Source: XV BDE; Finnish, Yrjo Keinanen, "The Conquest of Quinto"; K. E. Heikkinen, ed., Meidän Poikamme Espanjassa (Our Boys in Spain), Finnish Workers Federation, USA, Inc., 1939, translated by Matti A. Mattson.

Photograph: Yrjo George Keinannen. Meidän Poikamme Espanjassa (Our Boys in Spain).

 

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Additional Notes alt kia April 1938 Retreats, Gandesa - served Brunete through Retreats