Mack, Henry.

Biography

Mack, Henry. (Maki, Henry; [real name] Arvitt, Oni August); b. November 22, 1909, Pylkonnaki, Finland, To the US in 1912; Naturalized March 1, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio; Finnish American; father Herny Mack (1874-1928), mother Lyyli Alfhilda Lehtonen “Lily” Mack (1891-1966); High School education; No prior military service; Single; Automobile worker and Rubber worker, 1930-1932 unemployed, CP unit organizer, state committee and section comm; CP 1932, organizer for the United Autoworkers of America, and Spanish CP; Domicile Ohio and Bessemer, Pennsylvania; 28 years Old; Sailed March 10, 1937 aboard the Washington; Arrived in Spain on March 28, 1937 over the pyrenees; Served with the XI BDE (Thaelman), 1st “Edgar Andre” BN, MG Co., Section Leader; Rank Sargento; Served at Guadalajara and Brujela; WIA June 24, 1937 Guadalajara, after recovery attended OTS September and October 1937; Was assigned as an instructor and company commander in OTS from November to February 1938 (teaching MG use); Transferred to XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau BN, joined during the Retreats, Assigned as Company Commander Co. 3 and briefly as acting Commander for the BN; Became Commander No. 2 Company after Cecil Smith's return; WIA September 23, 1938 Corbera during Ebro Offensive on September 21, 1938 in lega and back, hospital Murcia and Orihuela about 2 months then 2 week in Mataro; Rank Sargento, Teniente March 29,1938, Subsequently promoted to Captain October 1, 1938 while in hospital, Was briefly detained in a French Concentration camp, Returned to the US on August 3, 1939 aboard the Washington under the name Heika Eino Mottenen; Married Lillian Hoffman (1917-1985) on February 13, 1941; d. February 25, 1976, Kernville, Kern, California.
Siblings: brothers Neil Adolph Mack (1918-1984), Oliver Mack (1922-?), sisters Helvi Marie Mack Kari (1920-2006), Elma Lily Mack Willis (1924-2015), half-siblings Arleen Mack (1926-?), and Paul Mack (1929?).
Sources: Inventory North Americans (under Arvit); Pay; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 558, ll. 1 (fiche); Opis 6, Delo 939, ll. 4-26; Canadian; Momryk; Petrou; Finnish; MPE; (obituary notice) The Volunteer, May 1976.
Photographs: Lieutenant Henry Mack, Company 2, Mackenzie-Papineau, May 1938. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-1302. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.