Sergeant York: His Own Life Story and War Diary

Sergeant York: His Own Life Story and War Diary


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October 8th, 1918—amid the last of the Allies attempts to the Germans, Sergeant Alvin York of Tennessee, found himself and his platoon of only seventeen men trapped in the thick of heavy machine gun fire. Rather than retreating or calling upon the artillery to take out the nest, York single-handedly took out twenty-five Germans, dropping them one-by-one, and captured many more.

This is only one of the many tales of York’s famed heroism, which were heralded as some of the most impressive battle stories in history of modern warfare. Sergeant York contains the legendary soldier’s war diaries, which offer up-close snapshots of his fabled military career.

Included in this new edition of a classic work are new forewords written by York’s son and grandson, which provide both personal and historical recollections of their predecessor. In Sergeant York, experience the fascinating life of an American hero.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631582820
Publisher: Racehorse
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 151,693
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alvin York, or “Sergeant York,” was born in Pall Mall, Tennessee, in 1887. He was drafted into the army and swiftly became one of the most decorated and accomplished soldiers in World War I, having received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic action in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, among other notable accolades. When he returned from the war, he was greeted with public outpouring and celebration, largely due in part to an article in the Saturday Evening Post that had circulated prior to his arrival, which detailed York’s heroic actions publicly to a large readership. York passed away in 1964 at the age of 76.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Foreword xv

Preface xix

I The York Country 1

II The House of York 13

III The Story of the Story 24

IV Fighters 34

V Long Hunters 42

VI Feudists 59

VII Bushwhackers 63

VIII Moonshiners 70

IX Saddlebaggers 74

X Guns 83

XI Shooting Matches 90

XII Larnin' from Nature 103

XIII Hunting 111

XIV Boyhood 121

XV Hog-Wild 128

XVI Mother 136

XVII War 146

XVIII Conscientious Objector 153

XIX The Sword and the Bible 168

XX Soldiering 179

XXI Over There 193

XXII St. Mihiel 205

XXIII The Argonne 211

XXIV The Argonne Fight 217

XXV Official Story of Fight 236

XXVI Official Story of Fight (Continued) 260

XXVII Above the Battle 270

XXVIII The Armistice 279

XXIX Paris 285

XXX Home 293

XXXI A Heap O' Larnin' 303

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