Sergeant York and the Great War
York on the hill where he earned his metals.
This week we're going to stray from the Civil War a little bit and take a look at one of America's great heroes.
Alvin York was drafted into World War One after his miraculous conversion to Christ (which is a different story). His past life as a drunk and violent man caused York to be completely against violence after his conversion, which presented a problem when he was drafted. He was expected to go kill the enemy, but he didn't believe in killing. After much study and prayer, York finally decided that he would go to war prepared to give his life for his country, but he wouldn't kill. It was this providential incident that changed his mind. During the conflict of the Muesse-Argonne offensive, York's unit was ordered to infiltrate behind German lines to take out machine guns. They had succeeded and captured a large group of German soldiers when suddenly more machine gun fire peppered their unit killing six of their men and wounding three others, including the officers in command.
Seeing that something had to be done or all of them would be killed, York then took an action that surprised all of his superior officers. While the rest of his men remained under cover, York worked his way across the ridge, without cover, in order to pick off the German gunners.
Despite direct fire from pistols and machine guns, York, killed twenty-eight German soldiers before the rest of them surrendered. He and his men marched One Hundred Thirty-Two German prisoners back to American lines.
When asked about this amazing incident, York replied: "A higher power than man power guided and watched over me and told me what to do."
This is a clip from the movie made about his exploits. One of our family favorites.
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Amber Schamel was born in Littleton, CO and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and the Holy Land. She was raised in a family of 11 children, home-schooled through education and currently works with their 10 family businesses. Amber is a multi-published author and currently lives with her family outside of Colorado Springs, CO..
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