Alvin C. York
PHOTO: Library of Congress
Alvin York is one of the most famous American war heroes ever. He was born in Fentress County, a mountainous county in the northeastern part of Middle Tennessee. He was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1917. The next year, in the Battle of the Argonne Forest, he reportedly killed 25 Germans and captured 132 prisoners almost single handedly.
When he came home from the war, parades were held in Alvin York's honor all over the country. Because he was so famous, York was constantly offered large amounts of money to make speeches or to endorse products. However he refused to accept money for speaking about the war or writing about it, because he thought it was wrong to profit from what he had done. “This uniform ain’t for sale,” he told someone once.
For a detailed account of what Alvin York did in battle, click here. And click here for a guided tour of the Alvin York State Historic Park.