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SANTA FE — On Veterans Day let us pause to remember those who have served our country. Many of the thoughts and words that follow come from Dave Clary of Roswell, a loyal reader and an abundant source of information, inspiration and ideas.
All those who heeded their call to duty deserve to be honored but today let us pay tribute to some of those who were our heroes.
On Oct. 18, 1918, Alvin York, an American draftee corporal from the hills of East Tennessee (and a religious pacifist who had been denied conscientious-objector status) almost single-handedly took out three German machine gun nests, killed at least 25 enemy soldiers and captured 138 troops. Then, with a half-dozen men surviving from his squad, he led them back through American lines.
This remarkable feat made him the outstanding American hero of World War I, winning him the Distinguished Service Cross for the captures and his country’s highest honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor, for the assault on the machine gun nests.
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