Born: December 13, 1887, Pall Mall, Tennessee
Died: September 2, 1964 (aged 76), Nashville, Tennessee
Cullum York was a United States soldier, famous as a World War I
hero. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for leading an attack on a
German machine gun nest, taking 32 machine guns, killing 28 German
soldiers and capturing 132 others during the U.S.-led Meuse-Argonne
Offensive in France.
What do you know about Alvin York? March with this quick quiz.
1. Until a few years before the war, York was a hard drinker and
prone to fighting in saloons. His mother, a member of a pacifist
Christian denomination, tried to convince York to change his ways to no
avail. During a night of heavy drinking when he and a friend got into a
fight with other saloon patrons, York's friend was killed. The event
shook York so much that he finally followed his mother and became a
Christian, no longer fighting or drinking.
2. On June 5, 1917, Alvin York received a notice to register for the
draft. How old was York when drafter?
3. What unit was he a member of?
- Company G, 328th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Infantry Division
- Company A, 32th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division
- Company M, 28th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division
4. During a mission to secure the German Decauville rail-line on
October 8, 1918. Seventeen men under the command of Sergeant Bernard
Early (which included York) infiltrated behind the German lines to take
out the machine guns. Fire came from German machine guns on the ridge,
which turned their weapons on the US soldiers. How many causalities did
York's unit receive?
5. Now in command, York ordered Percy Beardsley to take the machine
gun nest while they controlled the German prisoners.
6. York was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his heroism.
What was the award upgrade to?
- Medal of Honor
- Silver Star
- Bronze Star
7. After the action, what was York's rank?
8. York's story was told in the 1941 movie with Gary Cooper in the
title role. What was the movie?
- Sergeant York
- Tennessee Vol
- Goble, Goble
9. Alvin York died at the Veterans Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee,
on September 2, 1964. What was the cause of death?
- Cerebral hemorrhage
- Cardiac arrest
- Lung cancer
10. Where was Alvin C. York buried?
- Wolf River Cemetery, Pall Mall, Tennessee
- Mount Vernon Methodist Church Cemetery, Hiltons, Virginia
- Greenwood Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana