A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Allex Mandusich

Andjelko "Big Jake Alex" Mandusich is a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, and was one of the greatest Serbian-American heroes of World War I.

He was born on July 13th, 1887 at Sar Planina, Serbia. In 1905, at the age of 18, he immigrated to America.

When the US entered World War I, Mandusich immediately enrolled himself in the Army. During the battle in Amiens region in France in August of 1918, Jake, now a corporal, advanced his men at Chipilly Ridge; there were many casualties and in the heat of the battle Alex realized that all officers had been hit and that he was now the leader of his platoon. His men were pinned down by machine gunfire from a German nest thirty yards away. Under intense fire Manudsich made his way to the nest alone; he pulled out his bayonet and attacked.. He killed five Germans outright but then his bayonet snapped. He used the barrel of his bayonet as a club and subdued fifteen more enemy soldiers. When the rest of the platoon arrived Alex was immediately recognized as a hero and nicknamed "Big Jake". For his amazing bravery Big Jake was awarded the highest distinction given to a United States soldier, the Congressional Medal of Honor.

He also received numerous medals from different countries: U.S. Distinguished Service Cross/Victory Medal with Four Bars, France's Medaille Militaire and Croise de Guerre with Palms, Yugoslav's Gold Karageorge Star with Cross Sabers, Great Britain Distinguished Conduct Medal, Italy' Merito Guerre, and others.

Following the end of the War and his discharge from the U.S. Army, Big Jake returned to Yugoslavia and spent several years in King Alexander's Royal Guard.



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Dejan Jovanovic

Jewelry artist, Dejan Jovanovic was born in Serbia and has been established in Washington, DC since 2002. He graduated in applied sculpture from Belgrade University of the Arts, received his MFA in metal design from ECU School of Art and Design and has won numerous international awards and prizes.

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Commentary on the Epistles of St. John the Theologian

by Archimandrite Justin Popovich

This Commentary on the Epistles of St. John the Theologian - published now, three years after the blessed repose of Venerable Fr. Justin (on the Feast of the Annunciation, 1979) - was written by the tireless Messenger of Christ forty years ago, in circumstances similar to those in which Christ's Holy Evangelist John wrote his sacred Epistles.

The text of this 93-page soft-bound book has been translated from the Serbian by Radomir M. Plavsic. Published by Sebastian Press, Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Contemporary Christian Thought Series, number 5, First Edition, ISBN: 978-0-9719505-6-6