Pall Mall in Fentress County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Sgt. Alvin C. York - America's Greatest Civilian Soldier
Sgt. York in World War II. *Gov. Prentice Cooper appointed York to the Tennessee Preparedness Committee in 1940-1941 that created plans for transition from peace to wartime. *York tried to re-enlist for service in WWII, but his health was poor, and it was determined that his efforts were best utilized on the home front. *He and his personal assistant, Arthur Bushing, headed up the local draft board. *York spent fewer than eight weeks at home during WWII, traveling the U.S. for the Signal Corps, rallying troops and encouraging enlistment. * He battled verbally with the 800,000-member, anti-war America First Committee and aviator Charles Lindbergh, who urged for US non-involvement in the European war. *York hosted a weekly radio program, “Tennessee Americans,” on the Mutual Broadcasting System, interviewing such prominent guests as Gen.
The M247 Sgt. York SPAAG-Often mistaken for a tank, the M247 “Sgt. York” Division Air Defense Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun you see here failed when it was introduced in 1983, contributing to the dismissal of longtime U.S. Secretary Caspar Weinberger. This is one of the few remaining and it has never seen action.
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Alvin C. York during WWI at Camp Gordon with his friend, Pvt. Carl F. Swanson; York wanted to re-enlist for WWII service, but his efforts were best utilized on the home front; George Edward York at Camp Forrest during WWII with his father, Sgt. York; Alvin C York’s Draft Registration Card; WWI Congressional Medal of Honor winner York with WWII Medal of Honor Winners
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Sgt. York and wife Gracie (third from left) fundraising for the Red Cross; Sgt. York served as Fentress County Draft Board Director during WWII; Sgt York (seated) during “Tennessee Americans” radio broadcast from York Institute during WWII; York was an admirer of fellow Tennessean Cordell Hull, America’s longest-serving Secretary of State, who held the position for 11 years (1933-1944) in the administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt during much of World War II. Hull received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for his role in establishing the United Nations and was referred to by Roosevelt as “the Father of the United Nations.” The Cordell Hull Birthplace State Historic Park is in nearby Pickett County and includes a replica of Hull’s log cabin birthplace, his museum and archives, and historic Bunkum Cave.
Erected by Tennessee State Parks-Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, World I. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Former U.S. Presidents: #36 Lyndon B. Johnson, and the Medal of Honor Recipients series lists.
Location. 36° 32.532′ N, 84° 57.564′ W. Marker is in Pall Mall, Tennessee, in Fentress County. Memorial is on N. York Highway (US 127). The marker is located at the Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pall Mall TN 38577, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Alvin and Gracie York's Home and Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Area (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sgt. York at Work (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wolf River Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sgt. Alvin C. York Educational Legacy (approx. half a mile away); Wolf River Valley (approx. half a mile away); Sgt. Alvin C. York's Personal and Spiritual Life (approx. half a mile away); Affair at Travisville (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pall Mall.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 600 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on March 15, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 7, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.