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Alvin York, 1919

Alvin York was born in Pall Mall Tennessee on December 13, 1887, the third of 11 children born to William and Mary York

"Sergeant York and His People" - by Sam K. Cowan
Complete book scanned and online! [link]

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first pic: York Family - 1900
second pic: Wedding of Alvin York and Gracie Williams, June 7, 1919
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Alvin York - Army Legend: by John Silva


The Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, located in Pall Mall, Tennessee, pays tribute to Sgt. Alvin C. York, the backwoods marksman from the mountains of Tennessee who became one of the most decorated soldiers of World War I. York's fame rose from his legendary exploits on October 8, 1918 in the Argonne Forest in France. Leading a small patrol, York was sent out to eliminate flanking machine gun fire that was halting the advance of his regiment. York found himself alone opposing a German machine gun unit. With rifle and pistol he engaged the enemy. The fight ended with more than twenty Germans dead. Then, the other one hundred and thirty-two soldiers, including four officers and thirty-five machine guns, became discouraged and surrendered to York and six of his comrades. For that he was decorated with a dozen metals, including the Congressional Medal of Honor and the French Croix de Guerre. He has been honored by a 10-foot statue on the grounds of the State Capitol in Nashville, and his medals and trophies may be seen at the Tennessee State Museum. 

Sgt. Alvin C. York Historic Park - TN

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