BiographyWiiri, Owen (Weiri), b. October 31, 1916, NYC; Finnish American; 9th grade education; Attended Civilian Military Training Course; Single; Carpenter; YCL 1933 (1935), unit lit. ag.; Received Passport# 426087 on May 26, 1937 which listed his address as 15 West 126th Street, NYC; Sailed June 2, 1937 aboard the Paris; Arrived in Spain on June 22, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Mackenzie-Papineau BN, MG Co., Section 1; regarded as the Company's artist and illustrator; Suffered from severe shell shock at Fuentes de Ebro; Returned to the US on July 2, 1938 aboard the President Harding; WWII Marine Corps, Rank PFC; d. July 9, 1974, Houston, Texas, buried Houston National Cemetery, Houston, Texas.
Sources: Sail; Scope of Soviet Activity; Cadre (under Weiri); Mac-Pap; RGASPI; Finnish; MPE; L-W Tree Ancestry; Find-a-Grave# 3127447 (under Weiri). Code A
Photograph: Owen Wiiri. Meidän Poikamme Espanjassa (Our Boys in Spain).