Sgt. York

Do you have a favorite movie genre? Being a guy, I like the military ones most. Gee, being an old lifer that should be no surprise. One of my favorite movies of all time was Sargent York. Played by Gary Cooper, it captured the conflict of faith and war. It really made an impact on this young mind.

This week in 1919 Alvin York was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. While not an Okie he was made famous in a biography movie Sergeant York starring Gary Cooper. His rank and organization was Corporal, U.S. Army, Company G, 328th Infantry, 82d Division. His awarded action took place near Chatel -Chehery, France on 8 October 1918.

He entered service at Pall Mall, Tenn. He was born 13 December 1887 in Fentress County, Tenn. His citation read: “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.
Don’t forget our regular meetings continue the first and third Thursdays of the month at 7:00 PM. Monday morning Koffee Klatch meetings in August are still scheduled for biscuits and gravy and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians).
Keep your eye on the weather in case things have to be postponed. That will be most likely if the storms bring strong winds and lightning. If you are a veteran come on by. If you have a good story it may end up in print. Also keep up with us at website “americanlegion142.org”.

About Gary Lanham

Authors the weekly article "News from the Hut", about local American Legion Post #142 in Hominy, OK. Read his weekly articles in the "Hominy News Progress".
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