Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sergeant York

Last night, on Turner Classic Movies, I watch the 1941 movie Sergeant York starring Gary Cooper. Sergeant Alvin C. York was a hero of World War I and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

He was awarded the MOH for his actions on October 8, 1918 during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive (also known as the Battle of the Argonne Forest. Sgt. York killed several German soldiers and, along with seven of his fellow infantrymen, took 132 German prisoners.

My grandfather, Edward Kostal, was in the same battle, but was wounded before Sgt. York’s heroics, on September 30, 1918.