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Sgt Alvin C. York State Historic Park

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Alvin C. York State Historic Park - Pall Mall, Tennessee

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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  A few miles south of the Kentucky-Tennessee border, U.S. Route 127 passes through the small community of Pall Mall and the Sgt Alvin C. York State Historic Park. Here you'll find a tribute York Family Gravesiteto one of the most decorated American soldiers of World War I. The historic park includes the York home, York Mill and Alvin York’s final resting place at the Wolf River Cemetery.
  York, a pacifist, was denied conscientious objector status when he was drafted in 1917. Having never traveled more than fifty miles from Pall Mall, York was off to join the fray in Europe. During combat in France, York's platoon wandered behind enemy lines where half of York's fellow soldiers were killed in an ambush. Armed with a pistol and rifle, York took on the German machinegun nest alone, killing more than 20 of the enemy. The day ended with a 131 German soldiers surrendering to York and his half dozen companions.
  York was honored with a string of prestigious medals, a statue at the Tennessee capital, York Mill and this park in his hometown. The park offers tours of the York family home, a two story Colonial Revival dwelling built in 1922. The York Mill, no longer operational, is also open to the public. The mill grounds offer picnic sites and pavilions along the peaceful Wolf River. The cemetery, where Sgt. Alvin C. York and his family are buried, is found just west of his Pall Mall home. Once called the Mount Pleasant Burying Ground, the Wolf River Cemetery dates to the early 1800s, where some of the weathered headstones and markers are no longer discernable.

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