Jack Ukkonen

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Jack Ukkonen was a Finnish infantry man fighting to defend his country against the Russian invader.

"My regiment reached the front lines on January 1941 by train," he said. "On the way over there, we were sworn in at a local church with our entire unit. Once at the front, I was very scared, but I was young and reckless."

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