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World War I - U.S. Army

Jake Allex

  • Also Known As: Mandushich, Angeliko Allex
  • Rank: Corporal
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company H, 131st Infantry,
    33d Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 9, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Chipilly Ridge, France

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

Medal of Honor Recipient Jake Allex
Medal of Honor Recipient Jake Allex
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: April 22, 1919

    Ettelbruck, Luxembourg by General John J. Pershing

  • Born: July 13, 1887, Streska, near Prizren, Serbia
  • Died: August 28, 1959, Chicago, IL, United States
  • Buried: St. Sava Cemetery, Libertyville, IL, United States
From the CMOHS Archives

Jake Allex was born Angelko Allex Mandushich in Serbia. "Jecco" is a nickname for Angeliko, which became "Jake" in the U.S. It is unknown why he dropped Mandushich when he enlisted in the U.S. Army.


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