Knowledge Identifier: +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
Born in 1887.
Countries: United States (24%), Tennessee (24%), (12%)
Linked to: United States Army, Alvin C. York Institute, Middle Tennessee State University, Austin Peay State University
In November 1917, while York's application was considered, he was drafted and began his army service at Camp Gordon in Georgia
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
The Alvin C. York Institute was founded in 1926 as a private agricultural high school by Alvin York and residents of Fentress County
Due to the depression in 1937 the school became public and continues to serve as Jamestown's high school
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
York's son Thomas Jefferson York was killed in the line of duty on May 7, 1972, while serving as a constable in Tennessee
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
Lee, 1985, 125 He questioned the failure of United Nations forces to use the atomic bomb in Korea
The Association of the United States Army published a digital graphic novel about York in 2018
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"