Alvin Calvin York
Born 13 December 1887, Pall Mall, Fentress County, TN
Died 2 September 1964, Nashville, TN

Son of William Uriah York and Mary Elizabeth Brooks. Husband of Grace Williams.

Medal of Honor Citation:

“Corporal, 328th Infantry, 82d Division, U.S. Army. Near Chatel-Chéhéry, France. Date of action: October 8, 1918

After his platoon had suffered heavy casualties and 3 other noncommissioned officers had become casualties, Cpl. 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.”

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