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One thing about doing hundreds of thousands of award entries: ODD THINGS pop out.

Gefreiter Josef Jelinek of the VIth Army Corps Infantry Headquarters Guard was decorated with the Saxe-Meiningen War Merit Medal on 1 April 1917

10 days before Brazil severed relations with Germany, ultimately to declare war on 26 October that year.

One wonders if and how Senhor Jelinek EVER got back home again....

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Well I am not surprised of seeing Brazilians serving in the German Imperial Army... Lots of Germans immigrated to Brazil, mostly to the Southern states (Rio Grande do Sul, Parana and Santa Caterina), during the second part of the 19th century. Maybe he went there to follow some other family members and when WWI started felt compelled to go back to serve his country. Maybe Jelinek never got Brazilian citizenship after all... from his name he might have come from Bohemia (Sudetenland).

Ciao,

Claudio

PS See also:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Brazilian

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