The public is invited to attend the opening reception for "In the Footsteps of Sgt. York" exhibit on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe.
The exhibit, from the Museum of the American Military Experience, tells the story of Alvin York, the Tennessee farm boy who goes on to become one of American’s most decorated World War I soldiers.
Alvin York is known to many through the history books as the man who successfully led an attack against a German machine-gun nest in the Argonne Forest in France on Oct. 8, 1918. Even though York and his seven men were grossly outnumbered, they were able to capture the machine guns and 132 German soldiers. Because of this, York was awarded the Medal of Honor, the United States’ most distinguished military award. He was also promoted to sergeant.
2017 is the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I. Referred to as the "Great War" or "War to End All Wars" the Army Post at Fort Oglethorpe played a major role in the training of officers and artillery units and development of medical and sanitary protocols. The State of Georgia had five training camps. Fort Oglethorpe had Medical Camp Greenleaf, ROTC Camp Warden McLean, 7th Army Camp Nathan Bedford Forrest and the regular Army Post. 75,000 soldiers trained here utilizing 1,300 buildings with 26,000 officers and men.
The Catoosa and Walker County Chambers of Commerce have partnered with the museum to conduct the ribbon-cutting to open the exhibit and invites all their members to attend the chamber after hours event.
"In the Footsteps of Sgt. York" is on display at the 6th Cavalry Museum through Nov. 30. Funding for this exhibit is provided by the Lyndhurst Foundation. For more information or to schedule a group tour call 706-861-2860 or visit www.6thcavalrymuseum.org.