Samuel Woodfill
United States Army
World War I
Gary Cooper
(Movies & TV)
United Nations

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Alvin C. York

Knowledge Identifier: +Alvin_C._York


Alvin C. York

One of the most decorated American soldiers in World War I. He received the Medal of Honor for leading an attack on a German machine gun nest, taking 32 machine guns, killing 28 German soldiers and capturing 132 others add

Category: Military

Born in 1887.

Countries: United States (24%), Tennessee (24%), (12%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Tennessee, Samuel Woodfill, United States Army

Linked to: United States Army, Alvin C. York Institute, Middle Tennessee State University, Austin Peay State University




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Alvin C. York was born in 1887 add something


When William York died in November 1911, his son Alvin helped his mother in raising his younger siblings add something


A revival meeting at the end of 1914 led him to a conversion experience on January 1, 1915 add something


In November 1917, while York's application was considered, he was drafted and began his army service at Camp Gordon in Georgia add something


During an attack by his battalion to capture German positions along the Decauville rail-line north of Chatel-Chéhéry, France, on October 8, 1918, York's actions earned him the Medal of Honor add something


Described in 1919 as a "red-haired giant with the ruddy complexion of the outdoors" and "standing more than 6 feet add something


York's heroism went unnoticed in the United States press, even in Tennessee, until the publication of the April 26, 1919 issue of the "Saturday Evening Post", which had a circulation in excess of 2 million add something


From the day he registered for the draft until he returned from the war on May 29, 1919, York kept a diary of his activities add something


He had gall bladder surgery in the 1920s and suffered from pneumonia in 1942 add something


In the 1920s, York formed the Alvin C. York Foundation with the mission of increasing education opportunities in his region of Tennessee add something


Twice in the 1920s, York cooperated with journalists in telling his life story add something


In 1921 he had to ask for help, resulting in an extended discussion of his finances in the press, some of it sharply critical add something


Only an appeal to Rotary Clubs nationwide and an account of York's plight in the "New York World" brought in the required contributions by Christmas 1921 add something


Samuel Woodfill - Along with Alvin York and others, Woodfill was picked in 1921 to serve as a pallbearer for the Unknown Soldier


Samuel Woodfill - He was among the three soldiers chosen to dedicate the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in 1921, joining fellow Medal of Honor recipients Charles Whittlesey and Alvin York


The Alvin C. York Institute was founded in 1926 as a private agricultural high school by Alvin York and residents of Fentress County add something


York Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City was named for the Sergeant in 1928 add something


After a series of lawsuits he gained control of the original institution and was its president when it opened in December 1929 add something


Even after he was ousted as president in 1936 by political and bureaucratic rivals, he continued to donate money add something


Due to the depression in 1937 the school became public and continues to serve as Jamestown's high school add something


Finally, in 1940, as York was looking to finance an interdenominational Bible school, he yielded to a persistent Hollywood producer and negotiated the contract himself add something


In 1941, the movie "Sergeant York" directed by Howard Hawks with Gary Cooper in the title role told about his life and Medal of Honor action add something


It was the highest-grossing picture of 1941 add something


FDR quoted York's speech at length in an address to the nation on November 11, 1941 add something


Sergeant York (film) - World War I - "'Sergeant York"' is a 1941 biographical film about the life of Alvin York, the most-decorated American soldier of World War I


Samuel Woodfill - In May 1942, Woodfill and Alvin C. York - himself a highly-decorated World War I veteran from Tennessee - were commissioned Army majors


York eventually built part of his planned Bible school, which hosted 100 students until the late 1950s add something


More strokes and another case of pneumonia followed, and he was confined to bed from 1954, further handicapped by failing eyesight add something

Alvin C. York died in 1964 add something


York died at the Veterans Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee , Tennessee, on September 2, 1964, of a cerebral hemorrhage add something


York's son Thomas Jefferson York was killed in the line of duty on May 7, 1972, while serving as a constable in Tennessee add something


In the 1980s, the United States Army named its DIVAD weapon system "Sergeant York"; the project was canceled because of technical problems and massive cost overruns add something


Humble preached Mrs. York's funeral in 1984 add something


Lee, 1985, 125 He questioned the failure of United Nations forces to use the atomic bomb in Korea add something


On May 5, 2000, the United States Postal Service issued the "Distinguished Soldiers" stamps, one of which honored York add something


In October 2006, US Army Colonel Douglas Mastriano, head of the Sergeant York Discovery Expedition , found slugs from a add something


In 2007, the 82nd Airborne Division's movie theater at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was named York Theater add something


The Association of the United States Army published a digital graphic novel about York in 2018 add something


The Great War - In July 2019 the Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton featured a song about York's heroism, "82nd All the Way", on their album "The Great War" add something