Army & Navy And Civilian Defense: Old Soldiers

Two old war horses were whistled up from the pasture last week and slipped back into heavy-duty harness. To World War I's heroic Sergeants Alvin Cullum York and Samuel Woodfill went commissions as majors for active service with Army ground forces on infantry problems.

Alvin York, a conscientious objector ("War's ag'in the Book"), changed his mind after a heart-to-heart talk with his superior officer and a plodding, nightlong bout with U.S. history. His feat in France that brought him a Congressional Medal of Honor is still a nonpareil: singlehanded he killed 20 German soldiers, captured 132 more with a squad of...

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