Less than a month later, May 28, 1918, four U.S. divisions were deployed with French and British troops and they won the Battle of Cantigny, America’s first offensive of the war.

On October 8, 1918, an American battalion was pinned down by machine gun fire along the Decauville rail-line north of Chatel-Chehery, France.

Sergeant Alvin. C. York described:

“The Germans got us…They stopped us dead in our tracks.

Their machine guns were up there on the heights overlooking us and well hidden, and we couldn’t tell for certain where the terrible heavy fire was coming from…

Those machine guns were spitting fire and cutting down the undergrowth all around me.”

With all but 8 of his platoon killed, Sergeant York took charge and proceeded to take out 32 machine guns, kill 28 of the enemy and take 132 captive.

Sergeant Alvin. C. York received the Medal of Honor.

His story, edited by Tom Skeyhill, was printed in The Washington Post, March 17, 1929:

“Some of them officers have been saying that I being a mountain boy and accustomed to the woods…done all these things the right way jes by instinct…

I hadn’t never got much larnin’ from books, except the Bible. Maybe my instincts are more natural…but that ain’t enough to account for the way I come out alive, with all those German soldiers raining death on me…

I’m a-telling you the hand of God must have been in that fight…

Jes think of them 30 machine guns raining fire on me point-blank from a range of only 25 yards and all them-there rifles and pistols besides, those bombs,

and then those men charged with fixed bayonets, and I never receiving a scratch, and bringing 132 prisoners.

I have got only one explanation…that God must have heard my prayers.”

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Sergeant York’s story was turned into the movie ‘Sergeant York’ starring Gary Cooper.

The highest grossing movie of 1941, York donated his proceeds to fund a Bible college, The York Bible Institute.

On November 11, 1918, the war ended with the signing of the Armistice.

World War I left combined casualties of nearly 18 million killed or missing and 20 million wounded.


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