Minnesota Discovery Center

Eino Edwin Borspakka, None

conflict:World War II
rank:TEC 4
serial number:
location:Tank crewman with Company D, 735th Tank Battalion.
enlistment date:May 2, 1942
place enlisted:
discharge date:Nov. 1, 1945
place discharged:
decorations: European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (1941-1946)
Good Conduct Medal (U. S. Armed Forces)
Overseas Service Bar(s)
Presidential [nee Distinguished] Unit Citation (1941-)
Purple Heart (1932-)
Service Star(s)
history:He landed on Utah Beach in the Normandy Invasion and served in northern France, the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He was later with the Third Army at the Rhine River crossing. At Strassburg, Germany, of five tanks that went into action, his was the only one to come out. He was wounded in action by shrapnel. He next drove on to participate in the Battle of the Bulge. In his words: "After that battle was over, President Roosevelt announced that the war had ended. We were sweating out whether or not we would have to go to Japan. Then they dropped the atomic bomb, which ended the war with Japan. We were very happy."
service documents:
references:Embarrass Victory Aides Newsletter Collection. Iron Range Research Center, Chisholm, Minnesota.

Personal Information

date of birth:Oct. 27, 1919
birth place:Embarrass, MN
home town:
date of death:Dec. 22, 2000
father:John Borspakka
mother:Wilhelmina Borspakka (nee Huori)
siblings:Mami M. Lauri E. Wilho J.

Last update: 8/28/2016