Alvin York

Alvin York

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia“Sergeant York” redirects here. For other uses, see Sergeant York (disambiguation).

Alvin York

Sergeant Alvin York
Birth nameAlvin Cullum York
Nickname(s)“Sergeant York”
BornDecember 13, 1887
Pall MallTennessee
DiedSeptember 2, 1964 (aged 76)
Nashville, Tennessee
Place of burialWolf River Cemetery Pall Mall
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
RankCorporal (at the time of Medal of Honor action), Sergeant (at end of war), Colonel (Tennessee State Guard WW II rank)
Unit82d Division
Commands held7th Regiment, Tennessee State Guard
Battles/warsWorld War IMeuse-Argonne Offensive
Awards Medal of Honor
 Distinguished Service Cross(Initially awarded. Later upgraded to Medal of Honor.)
 Legion of Honour
 Croix de guerre (Palm)
 War Merit Cross
 Order of Prince Danilo I

This battle scene was painted in 1919 by artist Frank Schoonover. The scene depicts the bravery of Alvin C. York in 1918.

Alvin Cullum York (December 13, 1887 – September 2, 1964), known also by his rank, Sergeant York, was one of the most decorated soldiers of the United States Army in World War I.[1] He received the Medal of Honorfor leading an attack on a German machine gun nest, taking 35 machine guns, killing at least 28 German soldiers, and capturing 132 others. This action occurred during the United States-led portion of the broaderMeuse-Argonne Offensive in France to breach the Hindenburg line and make the opposing German forces surrender.



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