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Private Rättö was the fourth Knight of the Mannerheim Cross, and the first Private to be awarded the high decoration. Then, he was an anti-tank gun gunner in (infantry regiment) JR 27. The stated reason for this award was the capture of an enemy anti-tank gun and destroying four enemy tanks with it, as well as his valiant actions and resourcefulness in the battle.
Later, he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant (ylikersantti) in the reserve.
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