BiographyArgirakis, Matthew Mateos (ΑΡΓΥΡΑΚΗΣ, M.; Argirakec, Matt; Maisanes, Christ; Matt; Party name S. Mason); b. February 15, 1896 (October 15, 1898; November), Kiros (Kios, Chios, Cios), Greece; Greek American; POW; Education through the 5th grade; No prior military service; Single; Steel Mill Worker and Driver; CP 1936, CIO, IWO; Domicile 2009 (3009) 7th NE, Canton, Ohio; Sailed January 26, 1937 aboard the Chamberlain; Arrived in Spain on February 2 (11), 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln BN, Co. 2, Section 1, later with Co. 1; Lincoln-Washington BN; Later with Albacete Auto Park; Rank Soldado; Served at Jarama, Brunete, Quinto, Reported MIA Retreats; Captured near Gandesa, during the Retreats; Imprisoned Burgos; Exchanged April 22, 1939; Arrived in the US as as stowaway aboard the Thalia on November 1, 1939, sailed from Antwerp, Belgium and arrived in Galveston, Texas; Held until March 10, 1940 before being cleared for entry; d. December 31, 1989.
Source: Cadre; Americans; BN 58 Retreats; Lincoln; Voros-Jarama; POW; Greek; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 413, ll. 20-22; Opis 6, Delo 858, ll. 35 (ver arch gen amer); I, D. Paleologopoulos Greek Antifascist Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), Athens 1986; Steve Tsermegas and L. Tsirmirakes, No Pasaran. Greek Antifascist Volunteers in Spain, Athens 1987, L-W Tree Ancestry.