Alvin Cullum York, also known as Sergeant York, was one of the most decorated United States Army soldiers of World War I. He received the Medal of Honor for leading an attack on a German machine gun nest, taking at least one machine gun, killing at least 25 enemy soldiers and capturing 132. York’s Medal of Honor action occurred during the United States-led portion of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France, which was intended to breach the Hindenburg line and force the Germans to surrender. He earned decorations from several allied countries during WWI, including France, Italy and Montenegro. York was born in rural Tennessee. His parents farmed, and his father worked as a blacksmith. The eleven York children had minimal schooling because they helped provide for the family, which included hunting, fishing, and working as laborers. After the death of his father, York assisted in caring for his younger siblings and found work as a logger and on construction crews.
|Birth name:||Alvin Cullum York|
|Born:||December 13, 1887, Fentress County, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Died:||September 2, 1964, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Buried at:||Wolf River Cemetery, Pall Mall, Tennessee, U.S.|
|Service/branch:||United States Army, Tennessee State Guard|
|Years of service:||1917–1919 (active), 1942–1945 (honorary), 1941–1947 (State Guard)|
|Rank:||Sergeant (active), Major (Hon.), Colonel (Tenn.)|
|Unit:||Company G, 328th Infantry, 82nd Division (1917–1919), U.S. Army Signal Corps (1942–1945)|
|Commands held:||7th Regiment, Tennessee State Guard (1941–1947)|
|Battles/wars:||World War I, Battle of Saint-Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Defensive Sector World War II, American Theater|
|Awards:||Medal of Honor, 1914-1918 War Cross with Palm (France), See more|
|Other work:||Superintendent of the Cumberland Mountain State Park|
|Website:||Alvin York’s Official site|
About Alvin York
World War I hero who received the U.S. Medal of Honor for taking out an enemy strong point.
His father died when he was young, and he took a railroad job in Harriman, Tennessee to support his family.
He never asked for a dime for the many movies and stories that focused on his life.
He had eight children: Alvin, George, Sam, Woodrow, Mary, Thomas, Besty and Andrew.
He was played by actor Gary Cooper in the film Sergeant York.
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