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Klaas Smit b.1897 Netherlands d.1943 Alaska

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Klaas Smit b.1897 Netherlands d.1943 Alaska

Posted: 1320873273000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Smit
I am looking for the parents of Klaas (Klass?, Klas?) Smit who was born 3 September 1897 in the Netherlands, and died in 1943 at Unimak Island, Alaska while serving as a US Merchant Marine. I usually don't try to research people in Europe because I am unfamiliar with where the information is. But I do have a little information on him that I am hoping will help someone to point me to possible online sources.

Klaas had a twin sister, Annie, who was head of a boys orphanage during WWII. And, he had a brother, John, who was a principal of a Rotterdam School. I found this information in an article in the Ellensburg Daily Record newspaper, August 26, 1942 (Washington state, USA). I have attached this article. Another article I have found says he served in the Dutch Navy in WWI.

I have also created a Find A Grave memorial for Klaas with articles that explain his death here:

Is there any way that I might be able to locate his parents and the cemetery they are buried in using only online data sources? I appreciate any help you can give me.
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