Here are more interesting facts about Sgt. Alvin York, World War I’s hero of heroes
By Michael Skaggs
via the Paris Post Intelligencer (TN) web site
On Nov. 9, 2018, I wrote a column on World War I’s hero of heroes. Sgt. Alvin York of Tennessee. I had and later found more and more information for another, and perhaps, a third column.
The information I found confirmed my earlier statement that York’s life was one where fame and heroism happened, yet all the while he remained the same person and stayed sane.
He kept his faith and ideals the same he started out with. The furthest thing from York’s mind would have been the personal behavior we see today on talk and reality shows.
The behavior of has-beens, never-weres and famous for being famous would never have crossed his mind.
A note before I continue. On Sept. 13, The Post-Intelligencer reported on a story that the author of the book on York, Douglas Mastriano, has been found to have a number of errors.
Most of them are minor thus far. However, two are the exact location of the site of the battle, and the date of the photo used on the cover. For now, I’m just letting you know a lot of my information was from this book.
An email from the publisher, Ashley Runyon, said the company is working with the author to change and remove the errors, and hopes to have a new edition next spring.
York rarely wrote about the war to his family. One of the rare times he did, he wrote, “God would never be cruel enough to create as terrible as that Argonne battle. Only man would ever think of doing that.”
In October 2004, Daniel DeStefano, director of the Nahant Public Library in Massachusetts, was cleaning out the library’s attic when he found the most amazing discovery in the town’s history in the corner.
It was a German Maxim 1908-15 machine gun, determined to have been donated to the library in 1919 by Lt. Mayland Lewis after he returned home from the war. He’d gotten it from a stock of machine guns captured by York.
It took part in the town’s Fourth of July parade as part of the welcome home for the area’s returning troops, pulled in a red wagon by local members of the Boy. Scouts.
The machine gun had not been de-activated or altered since the day it was captured. It also had not been registered under the National Firearms Act before 1968.
Therefore, the machine gun, in spite of its ironclad historical importance, would be destroyed, unless a museum was willing to accept it.
Fortunately, the Museum of Appalachia near Clinton did, putting the machine gun on permanent display in York’s home as part of the “Sergeant York: American Hero” exhibit.
Read the entire article on the Paris Post Intelligencer web site.
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