Erkkila, John.

Biography

k-Erkkila, John b. October 2, 1906, Kuostane, Finland; Finnish American; father Juka Erkkila, b. Aug 28, 1881, Kuostane Finland, mother Ida M. Rajala, Alanue, Finland 1882 Single; Lumberjack and Laborer; CP 1935; Received Passport# 391648 on April 16, 1937 which listed his address as Saratoga Hotel, Duluth, Minnesota; Sailed May 12, 1937 aboard the Aquitania; Arrived in Spain on June 6, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion, MG Co., WIA Calacete, Catalonia during The Retreats, was detailed to row troops over the Ebro during first days of the Ebro Offensive or killed in action October 1938, Ebro Offensive.
Source: Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 886, ll. 56-57, ver arch gen amer; Finnish; MPE.
Photograph: John Erkkila, Passport Photograph, 1937.