Biographyk-Erkkila, John b. October 2, 1906, Kuostane, Finland; Finnish American; Father Juka Erkkila, b. Aug 28, 1881, Kuostane Finland, Mother Ida M. Rajala, Alanue, b. 1882 Finland; 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 Offensive; 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.