Petaja, Aino Matteus.

Biography

k-Petaja, Aino Matteus. (Petja, Eino; Petaya, Aino Mattea); b. August 5, 1912, New Castle, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania; Finnish American; father Kalle K. Petaya, July 1884, Finland, to the US 1901) ; Laborer; CP; Received Passport# 377473 on March 2, 1937 which listed his address as 207 East Main Street, Plymouth, Pennsylvania, and Van Etten, New York (Philadelphia, PA); Sailed March 31, 1937 aboard the Aquitania; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln BN, Quartermaster Section; Killed in action July 10, 1937, Escorial, Brunete.
Sources: Scope of Soviet Activity; RGASPI (under Petaya); USSDA (under Petaya, Aino) 2:0833, 58:0760; Finnish; MPE; “Penna Soldiers Are Enroute From Spain.” Standard-Sentinel (Hazleton, PA), December 8, 1938, p. 4. Code A
Photographs: Aino Petaja. Passport photograph and from Meidän Poikamme Espanjassa (Our Boys in Spain).