Cinema: Sergeant York Surrenders

In the middle of the Big Parade, a good-natured, redheaded, gangling young giant from the Tennessee hills became U. S. war hero No. 1. His name was Alvin Cullum York. Singlehanded, Sergeant York bagged 20 Germans in No Man's Land, then, with seven of his men, brought in 132 more Germans. By the time the Big Parade was over, Hero York had been lionized, publicized, feted, decorated and breveted "the one-man army." After that modest Alvin York just went back to his family farm at Pall Mall, Tenn., where he raised white-faced cattle, sheep and corn, traded in mules but not...

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