Marshall of Finland. He led Finland to Independence, and kept the country free and unoccupied in World War II. He was also the sixth President of Finland, and is considered by some to be the greatest Finn of all time.
“ Second Lieutenant, Toivo Korte at Kiestinki area, 6 September This man was called to service and fought in all 3 wars of Finland during WWII, despite the fact that his other eye was completely blinded in an accident.
Veikko Saarelainen (1919-1968) Knight of the Mannerheim Cross No.37, awarded to him for his action at Salmi on 27.7.1941: Saarelainen was riding on a truck along a road when they came to crossroads and ran into enemy trucks. He was first to react, quickly jumped off the truck, set up his machine gun in the middle of the open road and destroyed six trucks. A column of fourteen enemy trucks full of soldiers approached. Most of the enemy fell to his machine gun and the trucks were destroyed.
Toivo Manninen (1916-1943), Knight of the Mannerheim Cross No.100. A persistent and brave leader, he led some twenty successful patrols to enemy positions and to the rear of the enemy. On August 5, 1941, during attack on so-called "Hill of Death", he took command of the platoon after the leader fell, and continued teven after his foot was torn apart by landmine. He led his men to the objective and to victory on one foot, checking that the defense would hold, before being evacuated.