Mynttinen, Aarne.

Biography

k-Mynttinen, Aarne. b. October 10, 1896, Mantiharju, Finland, to the US around 1924; Finnish American; Grammar school education; Finnish Civil War, 1918 served in Finnish Red Guard was WIA & POW; Single; Business Manager of the Daily Eteenpain and Carpenter; CP 1925; Domicile NYC; Sailed April 7, 1937 aboard the Queen Mary; Arrived in Spain on June 4, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau BN during training, sent as a replacement to Lincoln-Washington BN, MG Co. (Toivo Antikainen), Section 1, Commissar (elected by section on July 1, 1937); Later to Mackenzie-Papineau BN, MG Co., Commissar; During the first phase of the Retreats on the night of March 10, 1938 Lt. Buska was ordered to place his platoon on a cliff covering the main highway south from Azurara; The following morning the unit was subjected to heavy artillery fire and repeated assaults; When the Mackenzie-Papineau BN was ordered to retreat the BN staff was unable to get to the isolated element to pull them back; The element held out until its ammunition ran out; The surviving soldiers were taken prisoner and most summarily executed; Killed in action March 11, 1938.
Sources: Cadre; Mac-Paps; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 3, Delo 455, ll. 92; Finnish, MPE.
Photograph: Aarne Mynttinen. Meida╠łn Poikamme Espanjassa (Our Boys in Spain).