Mandušic, Aleksa, SGT

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
521-Basic Soldier
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1917-1918, 33rd Infantry Division
Service Years
1917 - 1918
Foreign Language(s)
Serbo-Croatian

Sergeant


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Home Country
Kosovo
Kosovo
Year of Birth
1887
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Mandušic, Aleksa, SGT.
 
Contact Info
Home Town
Prizren, Kosovo Vilayet, Ottoman Empire
Last Address
Chicago, Illinois

Date of Passing
Aug 28, 1959
 
Location of Interment
Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Cemetery and Monastery - Libertyville, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Unknown

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World War I Victory Button World War I Honorable Discharge Chevron


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 Military Association Memberships
Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor Recipients
  1919, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society [Verified]
  1919, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified] - Assoc. Page


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World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient.  Jake Allex, born Jake Allex Mandusich in Prizren, Kosovo, Serbia (Ottoman Empire), (July 13, 1887 - August 28, 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.  He came to the United States in 1912.  Before World War I he was a Chicago stockyards policeman. 

He enlisted in the U.S. Army from Chicago, and he served during World War I under the name of "Jake Allex" eventually reaching the rank of Sergeant.  While a Corporal in Company H, 131st Infantry, 33rd Infantry Division, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery at Chipilly Ridge, France, on August 9, 1918.

His Medal of Honor Citation reads, "At a critical point in the action, when all the officers with 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 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."

His Medal was personally awarded to him by General John J. Pershing, Commander-in Chief of the American Expeditionary Forces in France, on April 22, 1919 which took place at Ettelbruck in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.  The entire 33rd Division was assembled and passed in review.  In attendance were the Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium, the Honorable Newton D. Baker, Secretary of War, and Major General Keppel-Bethel of the British Expeditionary Forces.  Sergeant Ralyn Hill and Corporal Thomas A. Pope also were presented their Medal of Honor during this ceremony.

For this same action Sgt Allex was also awarded the British Distinguished Conduct Medal, the French Medal Militaire, and the French Croix De Guerre.  Sgt Allex received at least ten different medals from a total of seven nations.

In 1920 the employees of Morris & Company, where he worked, provided him a trip to Serbia to see his parents in honor of his valor on the battlefield.

He died in Hines Veterans Administration Hospital in 1959.

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World War I/Somme Defensive Campaign
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March / 1918
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April / 1918

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Somme Defensive, 21 March - 6 April 1918. The German high command decided to attack on the British-held Somme front in the direction of Amiens. A breakthrough at this point would separate the French from the British, push the latter into a pocket in Flanders, and open the way to the Channel ports.

 The offensive began on 21 March 1918 with three German armies (about 62 divisions in all) in the assault. British defense lines were pierced in rapid succession. By 26 March Amiens was seriously threatened, and on the following day a gap was created between the French and British armies. But the Germans lacked reserves to exploit their initial phenomenal successes, and the Allies moved in enough reserves to bring the offensive to a halt by 6 April. The Germans had advanced up to 40 miles, had captured 1,500 square miles of ground and 70,000 prisoners, and had inflicted some 200,000 casualties. They had failed, however, to achieve any or their strategic objectives; destruction of the British, disruption of Allied lateral communicational and capture of Amiens.

On 25 March 1918, at the height at the German drive, Pershing placed the four American divisions at that time ready for combat at the disposal of the French. But only a few American units were engaged. They included the 6th, 12th, and 14th Engineers and the 17th, 22d, and 148th Aero Squadrons, a total of about 2200 men.
   
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March / 1918
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April / 1918
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
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  32 Also There at This Battle:
 
  • Bernard, Louis, CPL, (1917-1919)
  • Goodwillie, Herrick Ross, 1LT, (1917-1919)
  • Hedrick, John Jackson, CPT, (1917-1946)
  • Hunt, Irvin Leland, COL, (1895-1933)
  • Lewis, Arthur, Pvt, (1918-1919)
  • Lewis, Edward Mann, MG, (1881-1928)
  • Stubby, A. E. F., Sgt, (1917-1919)
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