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Alvin Cullium York

Date of birth: December 13, 1887
Date of death: September 02, 1964
Burial location: Pall Mall, Tennessee
Place of Birth: Tennessee, Fentress County
Home of record: Pall Mall Tennessee

Sergeant York began military service reluctantly as a Conscientious Objector. He, along with Charles Whittlesey and Samuel Woodfill, was one of three World War I Medal of Honor recipients chosen by General John J. Pershing to act as a pall bearer for the Unknown Soldier of World War I. His heroic actions were later made into a movie with Gary Cooper starring as Alvin York.


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Corporal Alvin Cullium York (ASN: 1910421), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 8 October 1918, while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 328th Infantry, 82d Division, in action at Chatel-Chehery, France. After his platoon had suffered heavy casualties and three other noncommissioned officers had become casualties, Corporal York assumed command. Fearlessly leading seven 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 four officers and 128 men and several guns.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 59 (May 3, 1919)

Action Date: 8-Oct-18

Service: Army

Rank: Corporal

Company: Company G, 2d Battalion

Regiment: 328th Infantry

Division: 82d Division, American Expeditionary Forces