Prince Leon Bogun Mazappa Razumowski
Second Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps
far as I can tell, this is the only member of European Royalty ever buried
in Arlington National Cemetery. Jacob Makohin was born in Russia on September
27, 1880. He changed his name and emigrated to the United States following
an attempt on his life in Russia in 1907. He took the name "Jacob Makohin"
in honor of the man who died saving his life in the assassination attempt.
He served in the United States Marine Corps in World War I. I know little about what he did following the war, but I do know that he and his wife (Susan E. Fallon Makohin) resided in Sharon and Norwood, Massachusetts for many years. When he died he was buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery.
See section on his wife for more complete information.
Time Magazine: 7 July1941:
Prince Leon Mazeppa von Razumovsky, so-called,
who calls himself sole surviving descendant of the Count Razumovsky whom
Catherine the Great named as hetman of the Ukraine. In the U.S., where
he was known as Jacov Makorin, he was once a member of the Marine Corps.
After World War I (in which he did not fight) he became an antique dealer,
later found a good living in pushing his claims to the hetmanship of the
Ukraine, backed by Canadian Ukrainians and some U.S. speculators interested
in oil concessions. When last heard of, he was living in Italy.
Time Magazine: 8 December 1941
I have just returned to the U.S. and my attention has been called to an article in TIME, July 7, entitled "Pretenders Forward." . . . I must request a rectification . . . of certain misrepresentations contained in the article mentioned.
Particularly damaging to me is the reference to myself as one of "Hitler's stooges, quislings or puppets." There is no basis whatsoever for that accusation. My opinion of Hitler, and all he represents may, or may not, differ in no important detail from that of President Roosevelt, or Rabbi Wise, or for that matter, the editors of TIME. My considered opinion, nevertheless, is that Hitler, and all the forces behind him, will not be defeated by oratorical flag-waving or wishful thinking. . . .
As far as the future of the Ukraine is concerned, I believe that to be a matter for the ultimate expression of the national will of the Ukrainian people. They are, as your history reference books will tell you, essentially democratic. What form their democratic urge will take is for them to decide, when they again attain the power of decision, as they will. They have already suffered far too much from well-meaning and other kinds of meddlers. No claims attributed to meóreal or impliedówill stand in the way of such expression. . . .
I not only WAS ONCE A MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS but I still am.
I am still a retired officer of the United States Marines, having been retired for disability acquired in the line of duty while serving with the Marines in World War I.
I have never BEEN FINANCIALLY backed BY CANADIAN UKRAINIANS or any other Ukrainians, to the extent of one dollar.
I have never received any money whatsoever from U.S. SPECULATORS INTERESTED IN OIL CONCESSIONS. Nor have I FOUND A GOOD LIVING PUSHING [my] CLAIMS TO THE HETMANSHIP TO THE UKRAINE as you state. NOR am I an antique dealer. . . .
The information regarding Jacob Makohin is very little:
This information dates from January 1, 1920 (compiled from The register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the U.S.Navy and Marine Corps):
He was born in Austria, September, 27 1880.
He started as an Enlisted man. He returned
from Foreign duty (6 months) in August 1918 (a guess - but only a guess
- could be Europe), since this is not listed as Sea duty! He was promoted
to Second Lieutenant (Temporary) June 1, 1919.
He is listed as (January 1, 1920) having served
for 12 years and 10 months, with a reference saying " Service as Officer
in Marine Corps Reserve and enlisted man in the Marine Corps indicating
that he had enlisted in USMC in 1907 when he emigrated from Russia!
Name: Makohin, Susan J.
Built by Workman, Clark & Company, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1906. 10,537 gross tons; 532 (bp) feet long; 61 feet wide. Steam quadruple expansion engines, twin screw. Service speed 16 knots. 1,185 passengers (285 first class, 100 second class, 800 third class).
Built for Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, in 1906 and named Araguaya. Southampton-Buenos Aires and Hamburg-New York service. Resumed South American service afterward. Sold to French buyers, in 1940 and renamed Savoie. Sunk off Casablanca in 1942
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