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Jake Allex

Jake Allex Mandusich July 13, 1887(1887-07-13) – August 28, 1959(aged 72)
Jake Allex Mandusich, Medal of Honor recipient Place of birth Prizren, SerbiaPlace of death Chicago, IllinoisAllegiance  United States of AmericaService/branch United States ArmyRank SergeantUnit Company H, 131st Infantry, 33rd Infantry DivisionBattles/wars Chipilly Ridge, World War IAwards Medal of Honor

Jake Allex, born Jake Allex Mandusich in Prizren, Serbia (July 13th, 1887August 28th, 1959) was an American soldier of ethnic Serbian descent who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service in the U.S. Army during World War I.

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Military service

Allex entered the US Army in Chicago, Illinois, and returned there following the World War I, with the rank of Sergeant. While in the Army he served in Company H, 131st Infantry, 33rd Infantry Division. On August 9th, 1918, near Chipilly Ridge, France, when finding all of their officers either wounded or killed and his platoon under heavy attack from the opposing German forces, Allex, a Corporal, took command. Leading his platoon forward toward the machine gun nest, his platoon was able to overwhelm the opposition. Allex alone killed five enemy soldiers, and when his bayonet broke, he used the butt of his rifle in close quarters combat, taking fifteen German prisoners.

Little is known about his life following the First World War.

He died August 28, 1959 in a Veterans Administration hospital in Chicago.[1] He was buried in Serbian Orthodox Monastery of Saint Sava cemetery in Libertyville, Illinois.[2]

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company H, 131st Infantry, 33d Division. Place and date: At Chipilly Ridge, France, 9 August 1918. Entered service at: Chicago, Ill. Born: 13 July 1887, Prizren, Serbia. G.O. No.: 44, W.D., 1919.

Citation:

At a critical point in the action, when all the officers with his platoon had become casualties, Corporal. Allex took command of the platoon and led it forward until the advance was stopped by fire from a machinegun nest. He then advanced alone for about 30 yards in the face of intense fire and attacked the nest. With his bayonet he killed 5 of the enemy, and when it was broken, used the butt of his rifle, capturing 15 prisoners.

See also

United States Army Portal

Notes

  1. ^ Time magazine, Monday, Sep. 07, 1959.
  2. ^ Jake Allex at Find A Grave Retrieved on 2007-10-24

References

Categories: Serbian-Americans | People from Chicago, Illinois | 1887 births | 1959 deaths | American military personnel of World War I | Army Medal of Honor recipients | United States Army soldiers

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