Sergeant York – Today In Southern History

8 October 1918  

On this date in 1918…

During the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Cpl. Alvin York single-handedly silenced German machine guns and captured 132 German prisoners.  For his actions, York was promoted to sergeant and became the most decorated American soldier of WWI.

Other Years:

  • 1862 – Battle of Perryville, Kentucky.
  • 1944 –  Cpt. Bobbie Brown of Dublin, Georgia received the Medal of Honor for his heroics in The Battle of Crucifix Hill next to the village of Haaren in Germany.
  • 1945 – U.S. President Harry Truman Of Missouri announced that only Britain and Canada would be given the secret to the atomic bomb.
  • 1993 – The U.S. government issued a report absolving the FBI of any wrongdoing in its final assault in Waco, Texas on the Branch Davidian compound and the fire that ended the siege killing 85 people.
  • 2001 – Missourian, Rush Limbaugh announced to his listeners that he was totally deaf in his left ear and had only partial hearing in his right ear.

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