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  • Name: Matt "Matti" Heiniemi
  • Location of Birth: Bovey, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: January 27, 1922
  • Date of Death: January 22, 2010
  • Parents: Oscar Heiniemi & Anna (Taskila) Heiniemi
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  • Highest Rank: PFC (Private First Class)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: December 18, 1942
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  • Date of Discharge: November 3, 1945
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Matt Heiniemi
    Race: White
    Age: 20
    Birth Date: January 27, 1922
    Birth Place: Bovey, Minnesota
    Residence Place: Route 1, Bovey, Itasca, Minnesota
    Registration Date: June 30, 1942
    Employer: Not employed
    Weight: 131
    Height: 5-6
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Blonde
    Next of Kin: Mrs. Oscar Heiniemi, Route 1, Bovey, Minnesota

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Matt Heiniemi married Frances Martin in Minnesota in 1942 prior to entering the U.S. Army Air Force and serving in World War II. He worked at U.S. Steel, starting in 1950, as a miner. He also worked at the Sago Township Landfill for 10 years. He was a charter member of SOAR, the Warba American Legion Post 432, and the Grand Rapids VFW Post 1720.

    Matt died in Grand Rapids Minnesota and is buried in Trout Lake Community Cemetery, Bovey, Minnesota. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Frances; daughters, Linda Binkowski and Donna Heiniemi; sister, Evelyn Bernard; brother, Hugo Heiniemi; two grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, John, Waino, Elmer, and Leo Heiniemi; and sister, Hilda Korkia.

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