20 June 2006

The Legend of Sergeant Alvin York

I was reading an article in The Chronicle today. The article concerns Sgt. Alvin York. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for killing 32 German soldiers and capturing 132 on October 8, 1918.

He's become famous thanks to the Academy Award-winning movie starring Gary Cooper. The New York Times recently ran a story on researchers trying to discover the site of this World War I fight. The story also details the controversy surrounding the events that took place during the fight.

I've seen the movie a couple of times and enjoyed it. Knowing that the legend isn't necessarily the truth doesn't mean that the courage of York and his fellow soldiers should be reduced.

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