Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Sgt. Alvin C. York
Alvin York's wartime exploits were sufficient to garner him the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor, the French Legion of Honor and Croix de Guerre, and the Italian Croce di Guerra. But his neighbors honor him for his humility and his generosity. In Pall Mall, Tennessee, he wasn't Sgt. York, he was simply Alvin. As far as I can determine, he never used his fame for personal gain. But he did use it to benefit his neighbors, most notably getting a highway built connecting Jamestown with the larger world (The Alvin C. York Highway, now U.S. 127), Jamestown its first high school (The York Agricultural Institute), and an interdenominational Bible School (financed with proceeds from the movie).
(Sgt. Alvin C. York Historic Park) and includes the grist mill he operated for many years.