This Week in 1918

After his platoon had suffered heavy casualties and 3 other noncommissioned officers had become casualties, Cpl. Alvin C. York assumed command. Fearlessly leading 7 men, he charged with great daring a machinegun nest which was pouring deadly and incessant fire upon his platoon. In this heroic feat the machinegun nest was taken, together with 4 officers and 128 men and several guns.

York (12/13/1887 – 9/2/1964) was one of the most decorated United States Army soldiers of Word War I. York was drafted during World War I; he initially claimed conscientious objector status on the grounds that his denomination forbade violence. Persuaded that his religion was not incompatible with military service, York joined the 82nd Division as an infantry private, and went to France in 1918.

Read more about the Medal of Honor citation for SGT York at the U.S. Army Center of Military History.

The 1941 movie, Sergeant York starring Gary Cooper is available from Amazon.

Not likely to be made into a movie, the work on my script Clean Dry Socks: Diary of a Doughboy continues. Stay tuned for updates.

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