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PFC William Albert Niukkanen Mackie, Jr
Birth: Nov. 24, 1908, Finland
Death: Mar. 23, 1994
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA

The Oregonian Wednesday, April 6, 1994
Author: ANN SULLIVAN
Special Writer, The Oregonian

FIGURE IN FAMED DEPORTATION CASE DIES

A North Portland house painter who lived more than 15 years as a man without a country
has died in the city he always considered home.

William Albert Mackie , who was deported to his native Finland in 1960
under a Joe McCarthy-era law alleging ``subversive or anarchistic activities,''
died March 23 in a Portland hospital while awaiting surgery for an intestinal tumor.
He was 85.

Mackie fought the deportation but lost an eight-year battle
on a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme court.

He maintained that he never knowingly had been a member of the Communist Party.

An ex-Communist official had testified that Mackie had been a member of the Communist Party
from 1937 to 1942, while in Portland. Mackie 's attorneys called the accusation ``outrageous,''
and the federal judge who ordered his deportation criticized the law.

Mackie was allowed to return to Portland in 1976, mainly through the efforts of his relatives,
along with U.S. Sen. Mark O. Hatfield, R-Ore., and Hatfield's friend Mark Austad,
at that time U.S. ambassador to Finland. Mackie became a U.S. citizen in 1978.

He expressed no bitter feelings on his return to Portland.

That Mackie wasn't a U.S. citizen to begin with was only a quirk of fate.
His father had immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s,
and two older Mackie children were born in Portland.
But Mackie 's father and mother were visiting relatives in Finland when he was born on Nov. 24, 1908,
in the Russian-held city of Viipuri. His name was shortened from Willia Niukkanen.

Mackie graduated from Woodlawn Grade School and Jefferson High School. During the 1930s.
He did road construction, was a maintenance man for the U.S. Corps of Engineers
and worked in the Libby, McNeil & Libby cannery and the Portland shipyards.

He had been a member of the Oregon National Guard before World War II
but was released because of age, then turned down for duty during the war because of a stomach ulcer.

Mackie then became a painting contractor. Just last year, at the age of 84,
he painted his last house in Portland.

Survivors include a sister, Aileen Van Beek of Portland; nieces, Karen Aileen Mackie of Woodinville, Wash.,
and Nancy Ann Busby of Portland; and a nephew, William Van Beek of Walla Walla.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Grace Community Church.
His remains will be cremated and scattered near a stream on Mount Hood.
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December 2, 1926 Boy Scout Merit Badge
Troop 36 William Mackie, Personal Health,
Automobiling.

January 13, 1927 William Mackie Troop 36
Became a Life Scout Member.

February 10, 1927 William Mackie Troop 36
Awarded Merit Badges for Camping, Cooking
and First Aid.

February 16, 1928 & March 15, 1928
Elmer Mackie and William Mackie
awarded Merit Badges Unlisted what for.

April 19, 1928 William Mackie
awarded Merit Badges Unlisted what for.

April 1929
William Mackie Company 162d Infantry
promoted to Private First Class.

William was deployed for 3 months during world war II
He received an honorable discharge.

William was deported to Finland on
November 16, 1960.

William returned to Portland March 3, 1976.

Williams brother Elmer was captured by
the Japanese on Wake Island
he was never seen or heard from again.

William A. Mackie was an avid hunter
and fisherman. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  William P. Mackie (1879 - 1966)
  Ida Mackie (1877 - 1956)
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Near a stream on Mount Hood.
 
Created by: Martha
Record added: Feb 26, 2012
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