5 Fun Facts About Sgt. Alvin C. York State Park

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Sergeant Alvin C. York Park

Photo courtesy of Tennessee State Parks

Sgt. Alvin C. York State Park in tiny Pall Mall in northeastern Middle Tennessee is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the infamous WWI battle that garnered fame for Sgt. York, who became an unintentional war hero. On Sept. 15, the park will conduct living history programs in the WWI trenches and allow guests to learn more about how the Meuse-Argonne Offensive shaped battle lines during the war and Sgt. York’s role.

In honor of this milestone, here are a few fun facts about Sgt. York and his eponymous state park:

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His Tennessee sharpshooting skills helped Sgt. York become a hero.

While on patrol near the Meuse-Argonne Front in France, York and 16 of his fellow soldiers were caught in an ambush behind German lines on Oct. 8, 1918. York used quick thinking and sharpshooting skills he learned back home in Tennessee to lead his remaining members against the German forces, killing 26 enemy soldiers and capturing 136 more. 

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