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Jake Allex

Date of birth: July 13, 1887
Date of death: August 28, 1959
Burial location: Libertyville, Illinois
Place of Birth: Serbia, Streska
Home of record: Chicago Illinois

Jake Allex entered active duty in the U.S. Army from the Illinois National Guard.


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Corporal Jake Allex (ASN: 1387815), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company H, 131st Infantry, 33d Division at Chipilly Ridge, France, on 9 August 1918. 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 five of the enemy, and when it was broken, used the butt of his rifle, capturing 15 prisoners.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 44 (April 2, 1919)

Action Date: 9-Aug-18

Service: Army

Rank: Corporal

Company: Company H

Regiment: 131st Infantry

Division: 33d Division