HAPPY BIRTHDAY SGT ALVIN C. YORKPall Mall, Tennessee (JFK+50) Sergeant Alvin Cullum York was born 136 years ago today, on December 13, 1877, here in Pall Mall.
He worked in railroad construction and logging to help with family finances.
As a corporal, Alvin York led 16 Americans in an attack on a German held position in the Argonne Forest near Cornay, France during WWI.
When he arrived in New York City, York was given the key to the city and a ticker-tape parade.
Sergeant Alvin C. York
The 1940 motion picture SERGEANT YORK won 2 Academy Awards.
Alvin C. York died on September 2, 1964 in Nashville.
His funeral service was held in Jamestown where General Matthew Ridgway represented LBJ.
Sergeant Alvin C. York Statue
The statue pictured above was dedicated on the anniversary of Alvin's 81st birthday, December 13, 1968.
John Percy concludes his biography of Alvin York with these words:
"Sgt. York is a hero because..(of) his inspiring example (which) transcends time and place.
One look at this backwoods Tennessee farmer with a 3rd grade education and we find ourselves persuaded that, if he can leave such a legacy, so might some of us who follow."
"Sgt. York: His Life, Legend and Legacy, The remarkable untold story of Sergeant Alvin C. York," by John Perry, Broadman and Holman Publishers, Nashville, TN, 1997.