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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

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b. 13/07/1887 Prizren, Kosovo (then Ottoman Empire) d. 28/08/1959 Chicago, Illinois.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 09/08/1918 Chippilly Ridge, France.

 

Allex entered the US Army in Chicago, Illinois, and returned there following World War I, with the rank of Sergeant. While in the Army he served in Company H, 131st Infantry, 33rd Infantry Division. On August 9, 1918, near Chippilly 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.

 

MOH 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.

 

BURIAL LOCATION:

 

SERBIAN ORTHODOX MONASTERY OF SAINT SAVA CEMETERY, LIBERTYVILLE, ILLINOIS.

SECTION B, ROW 6 GRAVE 446

 

 

Jake Allex

(Aleksa Mandusic)

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