Corporal Alvin C. York, ( later promoted to Sgt.) in battle near Chatel-Chehery, France performed acts of heroism that were later to result in the award of the Congressional Medal of Honor. The citation states:
"After his platoon had suffered heavy casualties and 3 other noncommissioned officers had become casualties, Cpl. York assumed command. Fearlessly leading 7 men, he charged with great daring a machinegun nest which was pouring deadly and incessant fire upon his platoon. In this heroic feat the machinegun nest was taken, together with 4 officers and 128 men and several guns."
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