Alvin Calvin York was born on 13 December 1887 at Pall Mall, Fentress County, TN. Son of William Uriah York and Mary Elizabeth Brooks. Husband of Grace Williams. He died 2 September 1964 in Nashville, TN

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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NPR Story by Noah Adams, November 11, 2015

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Date of birth:
  • 13 December 1887
  • Date of death: 2 September 1964
  • County: Fentress
  • Hometown: Pall Mall
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: Company G, 328th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War I
  • Battles: Argonne Forest
  • Awards: Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Croix de Guerre, Italian War Cross, Montenegran Bravery Medal
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Wolf River Cemetery, Pall Mall, Fentress County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar V, Top Panel
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