Sergeant York: World War I Hero Who Founded A Rural School
Umer Jamshaid 6 days ago Fri 12th October 2018 | 09:30 AM
"When war came along, he did not know where they were fighting. He didn't know anything about the people." In October 1918, Corporal York became a hero during the Meuse-Argonne offensive, the Allied campaign that finally broke the German army.
He was promoted to sergeant and showered with military honors, including the Congressional Medal of Honor, America's highest; the Croix de guerre; and the French Legion of Honor.
He received some 50 awards and medals in all, making him one of the war's most decorated American soldiers.
He then went back to his home in Jamestown, Tennessee and embarked on another stage in life.
"Because of what he had seen in France, in New York, because he felt his education was a real hindrance to him... he decided that education and better roads were going to be what he wanted for his community," Gerald York said.
The Alvin C. York Agricultural Institute opened in 1926.
For the first 10 years, even in the midst of the Great Depression, he paid for the teachers, the school buses and the construction of paved roads in the area.
York was a fervent Christian and member of a small pacifist congregation. According to his grandson, shortly before his death in 1964, he said: "What I want to be remembered for is my contribution to education."The Alvin C. York Institute, now a public school, still exists today in Jamestown, Tennessee.