BiographyWest, Oiva George (Rowe, Richard; Vesa); b. September 3, 1911, Wincoski, Vermont; Finnish American; 2 years High School; Single; Laborer; CP 1934; Received Passport# 413377 on May 14, 1937 which listed his address as 9 Bates Avenue, Maynard and 402 Elm Street, Gardner both Massachusetts; Sailed May 20, 1937 aboard the Berengaria; Arrived in Spain on May 30, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau BN; Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre; Mac-Pap; RGASPI; Finnish; MPE. [on City of Barcelona?] Code A
Photograph: Oiva West in Spain, RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Deloa 1011.