Sunday, 4 August 2019

921) Alvin York

Alvin Cullum York (1887 – 1964), also known as Sergeant York. 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.
After Armistice Day, a group of Tennessee businessmen purchased a farm for York, his new wife, and their growing family. He later formed a charitable foundation to improve educational opportunities for children in rural Tennessee. In the 1930s and 1940s, York worked as a project superintendent for the Civilian Conservation Corps and managed construction of the Byrd Lake reservoir at Cumberland Mountain State Park, after which he served for several years as park superintendent.

- "Sergeant Alvin C. York, of Pall Mall, Tennessee, "the war's greatest hero," is proud of his red head "because he got it honestly,"..."  http://genealogytrails.com/main/sgtyork.html

- "Described in 1919 as a "red-haired giant with the ruddy complexion of the outdoors" and "standing more than 6 feet ..."  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_York

- "No wonder that New York, after one glimpse of this sturdy and freckle-faced mountaineer with his flaming red hair, went wild with ecstasy."  https://www.salon.com/…/the-celebrity-war-hero-of-1919-the…/

- "And in many ways, Alvin Cullum York did seem the perfect hero: a tall, lean, red-haired man with blue-gray eyes, a crackerjack marksman whose faith made him totally fearless.https://www.americanheritage.com/sergeant-york



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