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Lieut Arthur Albert Antone Medlenka
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Birth: Mar. 3, 1894
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA
Death: Apr. 2, 1943
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA

NOTE: The Sacramento County Cemetery, located at 65th and Folsom Streets, Sacramento, California was taken over by St. Mary's Cemetery.

Arthur Medlenka moved to the San Francisco Bay Area (California) with his mother, Nora Catherine Dobbs Boudrow Medlenka Ward and his brothers and sisters after his parents divorce (Feb. 1898), probably around 1900. The family disappeared from census records between 1880 and 1910. Arthur's name appeared as an "inmate" in the Armitage Orphan Asylum located in San Mateo, California on the 1910 census. Military personnel records show that he served in the U. S. Army from 22 Sep 1917 to 25 Aug 1918 as a 2nd Lt. & received an honorable discharge at that time. He served a second term from 26 Aug 1918 to 22 May 1919, receiving a 2nd honorable discharge. After that, he remained in Siberia and founded/operated the only english language newspaper, "Vladivlostok Daily News",was a correspondent for Associated Press. At the same time, he served as an Agent of the O.S.S., the forerunner U S Gov. agency of the C.I.A. While in that service, he was incarcerated in Russian prisons several times and was reported to have faced firing squads six times and lived to tell about it. He was reported "dead" four times to the American Embassy but finally left and went to Chenloo, China after the Soviet government confiscated his publishing business. In China, he was in the import/export business with his partner, F. W. Smith. This researcher located a Ship's Passenger record whereon his 1st wife, Lydmilla Medlenka, was listed as a passenger, The record shows they were married 15 Aug 1922 in the American Consulate's office in Vladivlostok, Siberia. She was 16 years old at that time. At this time we do not know what Lydmilla's maiden name was nor what happened to her after she followed her husband from Shanghai, China to live with him in San Francisco, California. In later years, he married Nellie May Baldwin and they lived at 6500 Folsom Street in Sacramento, CA. No children were born of this marriage. He owned and operated the Pioneer Club Bar & Grill in Sacramento until his death at the University of California Hospital in San Francisco. Causes of death: Cirrhosis of the liver & brochopneumonia. He was buried 03 Apr 1943. His death certificate indicated he was using the name: Arthur Albert Medlen (no legal change of surname was applied for nor granted). 
 
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 Parents:
  Frank W Medlenka (1859 - 1901)
 
 Spouse:
  Nell May Medlen (1902 - 1985)
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Created by: Beverly Claire Medlenka ...
Record added: Jun 14, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14605413
Lieut Arthur Albert Antone Medlenka
Added by: Beverly Claire Medlenka FitzGerald
 
 
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In the name of Jesus Christ, we continue to offer our prayers for you, your parents and brothers & sisters. We love you Uncle Art.
- Beverly Claire Medlenka FitzGerald
 Added: Jun. 14, 2006
Our family has always been very proud and grateful for your service to our great country.
- Beverly Claire Medlenka FitzGerald
 Added: Jun. 14, 2006
 
 
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