Biographyk-Nivala, Robert Gustavanpoika (Nivala, Robert Kustav); b. January 1, 1915, Lakeview Township, Carlton, Minnesota; Finnish American; Father Robert Nivala (b. August 1885 Finland to US 1903); Laborer; Received Passport# 467705 on August 3, 1937 which listed his address as RFD No. 1, Box 19, Tamarack, Minnesota; Sailed August 11, 1937 aboard the Queen Mary; Arrived in Spain via Espolla on August 21, 1937; Served with the XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington BN, MG Co.; Rank Soldado; Served at Teruel and the Retreats; Reported MIA April 1, 1938, Gandesa, during the Retreats.
Sources: Scope of Soviet Activity; BN 58 Retreats; Figueres List; RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 954, ll. 32 (ver arch gen amer); Finnish, MPE. ? Not on Ray’s list of Finns from MPE.
Photograph: Robert Gustavanpoika Nivala, Passport Photograph, 1937.