Toivo Zachary Tapanainen (1920 - 1981)



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Willamette National Cemetery
Section F Site 4218,
11800 Se Mt. Scott Boulevard, Portland, Or


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Vancouver, Clark County, Washington

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Branch of service: Us Navy
Rank attained: CM2
Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii

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1920 - In the year that Toivo Zachary Tapanainen was born, Italian born factory worker Nicola Sacco and fish peddler Bartolomeo Vanzetti were picked up by police on May 5th in connection with the April 15th murder and robbery of a guard and a paymaster at the Slater and Morrill Shoe Company in South Braintree, Mass. Although in later years they were thought to be innocent, they were anarchists and were convicted of the crime and put to death.

1934 - He was only 14 years old when on November 11th 1933, an extremely strong dust storm hit South Dakota, stripping topsoil. Other strong dust storms had occurred during 1933. Severe droughts continued to hit the Great Plains and the dust storms devastated agricultural production as well as people's' lives for several years. The Roosevelt administration and scientists eventually determined that farming practices had caused the conditions that led to the dust storms and the changes they implemented in farming stopped the Dust Bowl.

1956 - When he was 36 years old, this was the year that the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, became an international sensation. He began the year as a regional favorite and ended the year with 17 recordings having been on the Billboard’s Top 100 singles chart, 11 TV appearances, and a movie. Elvis scandalized adults and thrilled teens.

1977 - He was 57 years old when on January 21st, President Carter pardoned "draft dodgers" - men who avoided the draft during the Vietnam War. He fulfilled a campaign promise with the pardon. But it only applied to civilian evaders - the estimated 500,000 to 1 million active-duty personnel who went AWOL were not included.

1981 - In the year of Toivo Zachary Tapanainen's passing, on January 20th, Ronald Reagan became the 40th President of the United States. He ran against the incumbent, Jimmy Carter, and won 50.7% of the popular vote to Carter's 41.0%.

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Toivo Zachary Tapanainen died on September 26, 1981 at 61 years old. No cause of death has been listed for Toivo. He was buried in Willamette National Cemetery Section F Site 4218, Portland, Or. He was born on July 7, 1920. We have no information about Toivo's immediate family. We know that Toivo Zachary Tapanainen had been residing in Vancouver, Clark County, Washington.


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