WAR & PEACE: What Did It Get You?

A rumpled, bulky, droop-mustached man stood beside the white dazzle of the Unknown Soldier's marble tomb in Arlington Cemetery. He too had been a soldier—Sergeant Alvin C. York, the Tennessee mountaineer who, 23 years ago, singlehanded, disabled a German machine-gun battery and with seven privates killed or captured 152 of its defenders. He spoke: "Liberty is not merely something the veterans inherited. Liberty is something they fought to keep. . . .

"There are those in our country today who ask me and the other veterans who fought in World War No. i:...

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