Smatlak, Jerry J. (c. 1894) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Jerry J. Smatlak appears in the 1910 and 1920 censuses, living with his parents in the predominantly Czech South Lawndale neighborhood on Chicago's West Side. Smatlak's parents emigrated from Bohemia in 1888, and Jerry was born about 1894. In the 1910 census, Jerry is listed as an errand boy, aged 16. In the 1920 census, he is listed as a store clerk, aged 26.
Smetlak served in Co. F, 132nd Infantry, in the American Expeditionary Force. He sailed for France in May, 1918, and saw action in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, among other engagements.