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The Soldiers' Edition of the Oxford Mirror was transcribed by Janet Brandt.

Albert Kolarik

ALBERT KOLARIK, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kolarik, Sr., was born at Chelcice, Bohemia, and reached his thirtieth birthday in January 1918. He came to this country with the family in 1904, later moving to this city where he has since been engaged with his brother as blacksmith, until this country was thrown into the war. At that time he was desirous of getting into some branch of the service and with this object in mind went to Davenport, where on the 8th day of May, 1917, he enlisted in the 1st Iowa Artillery of the Iowa National Guard, later being assigned to the 126th Field Artillery as horseshoer. He was located at Davenport for some time but was finally transferred to Camp
Cody, New Mexico, where he remained until July 3rd, 1918, when his company was ordered to Ft. Sills, Okla. From here they went to Camp Upton, N. Y., to remain only three days, starting then for overseas. Albert had some exciting experience on the trip across the ocean, the ship on which he sailed, having, during the voyage in a heavy fog, collided with another transport, which sank in a very short time carrying with it many of the American boys who were aboard. A letter written to his brother which was published in last week’s issue of this paper relating the accident. The services of this Oxford soldier boy, who for the past eight years has made his home in this city, during which time he has made a host of friends, dates back to one of the very first having left this city to assist his Government in its work in foreign lands. The mother is proud of the part her son has taken in the world war and now that the hostilities have ceased hopes for his immediate return.

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