Friday, October 24, 2008

Did WWI Hero Sgt. York Have Help?

Did WWI Hero Sgt. York Have Help? | October 08, 2008 | Philadelphia Daily News | "It was 90 years ago today that 17 U.S. soldiers -- including two Philadelphians -- attacked a German machine-gun nest in the heart of France's Argonne Forest.

As the story goes, Sgt. Alvin C. York of Tennessee, a former conscientious objector, single-handedly killed 28 German soldiers and captured 132 others. He won a Medal of Honor and became popularly known as the greatest hero of World War I.

You've probably seen the movie with Gary Cooper about this (and if you haven't you really should) but this article has some very good questions about the event. There's a lot of history from WWI that's hidden, forgotten or just lost. While this is true for all of history before mass media became ubiquitous, WWI had a far greater impact on the coarse of history than is known.

Another question this brings up is whether it's better to have accurate historical records or to keep our legends/heroes. The answer is far less obvious that you might think.

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