Alvin York was one of the most decorated World War I soldiers from Tennessee. This exhibit celebrating his life is brought to us by the Museum of the American Military Experience.
In October 1918, under heavy fire and casualties, command fell to Sergeant York as he led seven men to take out a German machine gun nest. Against all odds, York and his men took the guns as 132 German soldiers and 4 officers surrendered. This remarkable feat earned him the Medal of Honor.
His eventual popularity and fame began in 1919, when the April issue of the Saturday Evening Post published an article detailing the raid. His Tennessee upbringing, his shooting ability, and his modest personality all contributed to the legend that became Sergeant York.
The exhibit was created by filmmaker and designer David Currey with the help of a group of historians in the state between 2006 and 2009. Three scientific expeditions by an international team of geographers, historians, and archeologists were conducted in the Argonne Forest of Eastern France to pinpoint the location of where the Tennessee native won his medal of honor. It comes to the Customs House from the Museum of Military Experience. “In the Footsteps of Alvin York” examines York’s background in Pall Mall, Tennessee and his induction into the Army; as well as, taking visitors through a blow-by-blow account of October 8th. The display includes uniforms and decorations, an 82nd Division flag, a short film, and weapons, and other era artifacts.
Join Dr. Michael Birdwell as he discusses the life of Alvin York during Digging Up the Past: In the Footsteps of Alvin York.
“It’s over; let’s just forget about it.”
York’s modesty about the event that brought him the Medal of Honor.
Exhibit sponsored in part by Nanette Morford Allstate Agency.