Sgt. Alvin C. York Park Announces Retirement of Ranger Andrew York



ANDREW YORK

ANDREW YORK

Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park announces the retirement of Park Ranger Andrew York, son of Sgt. Alvin C. York, after 41 years of service with Tennessee State Parks. A retirement celebration for Andrew was held Tuesday, July 30, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the park’s York home.
Although he officially retires from the state on August 1, Andrew will continue to lead tours and greet visitors at the park in a limited capacity.
Born April 14, 1930 in the York home in Pall Mall, which is now the York homesite museum, Andrew began his career with Tennessee State Parks in 1972 as a ranger at the Grist Mill.
“I enjoyed getting to meet and talk with people from different cities, states and countries over the last 41 years,” York said.
The Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, located in Pall Mall, Tennessee, pays tribute to Sgt. Alvin C. York, the backwoods marksman from the mountains of Tennessee who became one of the most decorated soldiers of World War I. York’s fame rose from his legendary exploits on October 8, 1918 in the Argonne Forest in France. Leading a small patrol, York was sent out to eliminate flanking machine gun fire that was halting the advance of his regiment. York found himself alone opposing a German machine gun unit. With rifle and pistol he engaged the enemy. The fight ended with more than twenty Germans dead. Then, the other 132 soldiers, including four officers and 35 machine guns, became discouraged and surrendered to York and six of his comrades. For that, he was decorated with a dozen medals, including the Medal of Honor and the French Croix de Guerre. Sgt. York has been honored by a 10-foot statue on the grounds of the State Capitol in Nashville, and his medals and trophies may be seen at the Tennessee State Museum. The York homesite museum includes a collection of wartime and personal momentos, including historical photographs, family portraits and personal items. For more information, visit www.tnstateparks.com/SgtYork