Sergeant Matej Pavlovic was born in Vlkonice. His father, Antonin Pavlovic, was a peasant. After the finishing of the basic school he was apprenticed as a locksmith in Susice. He graduated a fighter pilot school during military service in Hradec Kralove in 1937. He was flying with the Czechoslovak fighters AVIA. During the training flight he visited a space over his native village and searched his father working in the field. It is said that he startled father´s cows and father threaten with a whip him. Matej flew again, flapped his wings and threw down a pack.
He served at the airport in Hradec Kralove in 1938. There he also caught March 15th, 1939 - occupation of the republic, dissolution of the Czechoslovak Army.
Matej Pavlovic did not think twice and ran away like most of pilots to Poland.
Joseph B. Smrt
When Joseph Smrt appeared in Susice 1994, he spoke Slovak very well (parents came from Poprad). He was known with his mot: "I was brainy as death and nothing happened to me" (brainy means rapid in Czech). He found his favourite places, Svatobor hotel and U Salu restaurant, that he remebered very well. And he was pleasant they still exist.
John Hancock Daniels was born in October 28th, 1921 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from Phillips Academy, Yale University, and after the war, Harvard University. He served as a lieutenant-captain with the 738th Field Artillery Regiment in the World War II. He came with this regiment to Susice in May 6th. Then he and his unit were stationed in Podmokly and Cepice until the autumn 1945.
John H. Daniels
He was born in May 19th, 1924. In Polička, the birthplace of composer Bohuslav Martinu. He had six siblings, came from a poor family. Already as a young boy he was musically and artistically talented. When he was 14 years old he commenced the military school in Hradec Králové, it was at beginning of the war.
He was born in Susice in November 8th, 1887. His father, a director of elementary school, was free-thinking and progressive teacher who was working in Susice area nearly half century. He was studying in Pilsen, Prague and then in Switzerland.
He was wounded when he went from Austria to Serbia (wound never healed properly) during the World War I. He was caught and sentenced to death, then was pardoned, when he declared that will go for the front. It was at the beginning of the war. He managed to flee and became a member of the anti-Austrian Mafia.
Ludvik Kral was born in Zichovice in October 23rd, 1915. He graduated from grammar school in Susice, and then studied business academy in Pilsen.
He graduated a non-com school at the 4th dragoons regiment in Klatovy after returning from Tunis, where he served as a representative of Bata Shoe Organisation. He went from Yugoslavia to France, where he reported to the newly forming foreign Czechoslovak army after the occupation of Czechoslovakia.
Russel W. Ellis
“Why Czechoslovakia exactly?” This was the way Russel Ellis's friends asked when he was preparing his vacation and was choosing between Florida and a communist country behind the Iron Curtain. And they added: “It is a Commie area and you don't know the language”. Though Russel Ellis had a reason. He was with 3rd Army Tanks in Czechoslovakia in Spring 1945.