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Sergeant Alvin C. York

Description

"The third statue to warrant a dedication ceremony, Wickham’s Sergeant York stood on the left side of the WWII memorial that Wickham had dedicated two years earlier. The smallest of the statues to date, York, with his military stance, still had a commanding presence. Wickham commemorates York’s birth in Pall Mall, Tennessee, and his heroic achievements in World War I. Perhaps the work is best understood as a World War I monument; the inscription on its base lists five names of the Gallant Men of Tennessee Who Received the Medal of Honor on the Battlefields of World War I.

The statue of Sgt. York was dedicated at the same ceremony as Wickham’s statue of Andrew Jackson. Austin Peay State University Professor of History Milton Henry and Montgomery County Judge W. D. Hudson gave the dedicatory remarks. An April 1963 letter in the family records kept by Nancy Johnson Ledbetter, Wickham’s granddaughter, indicates that Wickham had first hoped that Senator Kefauver would give the dedicatory remarks for the statue of Sergeant York. The Senator graciously declined due to his Senate schedule, but indicated he would gladly come after the close of sessions.

The stately figure of Sergeant York, which was one of the four Wickham statues removed from the site and restored for exhibition at the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, now presides over the hallway of the Austin Peay State University Art Department." - quoted text is from the 2001 Customs House Museum Online Wickham Exhibit.

Picture Gallery
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Sergeant Alvin C. York

  Sgt. York,WW II Memorial and Andrew Jackson

Frontal view of Sgt.York now at APSU Side view of Sgt.York now at APSU

Late 60's photo of Sgt. Alvin C. York

Sgt Alvin C. York, WW II Memorial, Andrew Jackson

Front view of Sgt Alvin C.York at Austin Peay State University Side view of Sgt Alvin C.York at Austin Peay State University

Inscriptions
(Front,Rear,Left,Right)

SERGEANT ALVIN CULLUM YORK
BORN 1880 AT PALL MALL TENN. MEMBER OF CO.6, 28 INFANTRY OF 82 DIVISION. ON OCT. 8TH 1918
IN THE FACE OF MACHINE GUN FIRE, HE LED HIS SQUAD UP HILL 223 IN ARGONE FOREST AND ALMOST SINGLEHANDED CAPTURED 132 GERMANS TOOK 35 MACHINE GUNS AND KILLED 25 OF THE ENEMY.  HE RECEIVED THE HIGHEST DECORATIONS FOR VALOR

 

BY ALL THE ALLIED NATIONS OF ALL THE MILLIONS OF BRAVE MEN WHO FOUGHT IN WORLD WAR I.  HE WAS PICKED OUT BY MARSHAL FOCH
AS THE OUTSTANDING H
ERO OF THE WAR AND BY GENERAL JOHN J. PERSHING AS THE GREATEST
CIVILIAN HERO.  ARMED WITH THE SWORD OF THE LORD AND OF GIDEON HE WENT FORTH INTO BATTLE AND BECAME ONE OF THE
WORLD'S GREATEST HEROES


WE REVERE THE MEMORY OF THESE OTHER GALLANT MEN OF TENNESSEE WHO RECEIVED THE MEDAL OF HONOR ON THE BATTLEFIELDS OF
WORLD WAR I


SGT. JOSEPH B. ADKISON
SGT. JAMES E. KARNES
SGT. MILO LEMERT
SGT. EDWARD R. TALLEY
PVT. CALVIN JOHN WARD

 

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