Out of the chaos of the world war have arisen many new nations. The liberated people of Czecho-Slovakia (the newly formed state of Bohemia and Slovakia), after three hundred years of oppression, are at last free, thanks to their efforts and to the help of the armies of America and of the allies. Their oppressors could not kill the soul, tho they nearly succeeded in killing the body.
Those sons of Saunders county whose fathers or ancestors call this liberated nation their native land, in serving with the Stars and Stripes served a twofold cause, for they were not only fighting for their adopted country but for the freedom of the native land of their forefathers as well. Many from the county enlisted in the ranks of the armies of Czecho-Slovakia. A few of those that did are shown here. Their sufferings and sacrifices won the sympathy of the enemies of so called "Kultur" and their aid. Their eventual triumph against their oppressors won the admiration of the world. Saunders county may well be proud of her boys who served in this noble cause.
Anton Petrus (1)--Entered the service of the Czecho-Slovak army August 15, 1918, and served with the 23rd Reg. He is from Prague, Neb.
Joe Tomayer (2)--Entered the service June 5, 1918, and served with the Czecho-Slovak armies. He is also from Prague, Neb.
Vaclav Suchanek (3)--Entered the service in August, 1918, from Prague, and served with the 23rd Reg. of the Czecho-Slovak armies.
Anton Urban (4)--Entered the service July 15, 1918, and served with the 23rd Reg. in the Czecho-Slovak army. He is the son of Joseph Urban and also entered from Prague, Neb.
Base Hospital No. 49 was located at Allerey, France, about 125 miles southeast of Paris. Several Saunders county boys were in the organization. It has won special praise for itself from the Surgeon General, who in a letter to the regents of the University of Nebraska says: "We desire to advise you that the services of Base Hospital No. 49 were particularly noted by the Government for their excellency." There was also a citation in general orders under date of April 19, 1919, A. E. F. signed by General Pershing.
The boys of Saunders county entered the service on March 5, 1918, and received their training at Ft. Dodge, Iowa. They left for overseas July 14, 1918. The organization was mustered out May 12, 1919. It is planned to keep it up as a civil organization.
Above is a group of Saunders county boys in the Unit: Lowell Worrall, Joe Brown and Lloyd Meduna of Wahoo, and Anton Vasina and Edward Simanek of Prague.