Monday, August 25, 2014
A Soldier's Story: Sergeant Alvin Cullum York
Sergeant Alvin Cullum York was born 13 December 1887, one of eleven children. He was raised in a log cabin, located in Pall Mall Tennessee, a small town located in Wolf River county, tucked into the Cumberland mountains.
A big man at 6’2’' with red hair, he was a pacifist at heart. He was drafted in WWI, despite being a conscientious objector. After some soul-searching during basic training, he agreed to fight in the war.
Sergeant York, despite his hatred of his job as a marksman, performed admirably. He earned the Congressional Medal of Honor as a Corporal of G Company, 328th Infantry, 82nd Division A.E.F. During the Battle of Argonne Forest, Sergeant York, with only a few men, captured 132 enemy soldiers, killing 25.
Upon his return from the war, he married his childhood sweetheart, Gracie Williams, with Governor A.H. Roberts presiding.
To fund his school, the Alvin C. York Agricultural Institute, he sold the rights to his story for a book and a movie. Gary Cooper was the star. The York Institute still exists today.
He remained active in world events and dedicated to educational improvements throughout his life.