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.
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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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