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Eugene Keskimaki oral history

Identifier: C MSS OH406

Scope and Contents

The interview provides information and personal observations about Keskimaki's experiences: being a Staff Sergeant; working primarily as a cook; time at Kiska Island and Japanese army leaving rice; fishing and using hand grenades; soldiers loosing their teeth after drinking contaminated water; being wounded in Italy in the back; personal stories.


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Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Eugene I. Keskimaki was born in Eben Junction, Mich. on April 13, 1920 and joined the Army in 1942. At the time of his enlistment he was unmarried, had completed one year of college and working in the auto industry. Keskimaki joined the 10th Mountain Division and was, at various times, a member of Companies H, M, and Headquarters of the 3rd and 2nd Battaltions of the 87th Infantry Division. He served at Fort Lewis, Wash., Jolon, Calif., and Fort Ord, Calif. before deploying to Kiska Island, Alaska. He also trained at Camp Carson, Colo. and at Camp Swift, Tex. before being sent to Italy. During combat operations at Tole, Keskimaki received the Bronze Star Medal for his actions on April 14, 1945. He died in Marquette, Mich. on December 3, 2010.



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Abbie Kealy;2005.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

Forms part of the 10th Mountain Division Resource Center Collection.

Finding Aid for the Eugene Keskimaki oral history,2005[videorecording]
Finding Aid prepared from MARC data.
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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