Today would have been the 130th birthday of one of the most well-known heroes of the First World War. Alvin York was born on December 13, 1887, in a log cabin in Pall Mall, Tennessee, northwest of Knoxville.
Prior to entering into service in the war, York worked as a laborer on the railroad near Harriman, Tennessee. He was drafted in 1917 and, although would have been eligible for deferment as a conscientious objector because of his membership in the Church of Christ in Christian Union, which believed that war was immoral, he agreed to be sent to France to fight.
There he and his men managed to capture a superior German force in the Argonne Forest with great heroism, resulting in York being promoted to sergeant and eventually being awarded the Medal of Honor.
He passed away on September 2, 1964.