Medal of Honor winner for WWI

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Jake Allex

Jake Allex, was a Serbian American soldier who received the Medal of Honor for his service in the U.S. Army during World War I.

  • 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.
  • G.O. No.: 44, W.D., 1919

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