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Tenn. museum gets gun it says WWI hero seized [Sgt. York]
Victoria Advocate ^ | 2-4-10 | unattributed

Posted on 02/04/2010 1:24:25 PM PST by smokingfrog

The Museum of Appalachia has acquired a machine gun believed to have been seized by World War I hero Sgt. Alvin C. York, the backwoods soldier who killed more than manufacturer), a serial number of 3364, a date of 1918 — which museum officials cite as evidence the gun is the one York captured.

Other library documents recount a parade in Massachusetts during which the weapon was displayed after World War I ended. There also is a July 1919 account from the Daily Evening newspaper detailing Lewis' donation of the weapon to the library.

(Excerpt) Read more at victoriaadvocate.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: alvinyork; banglist; moh

1 posted on 02/04/2010 1:24:25 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog
I met his grandson. He was serving as an MI full-bird in the ROK in the late 90's :-)
2 posted on 02/04/2010 1:25:28 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: smokingfrog

Awesome post!...Thanks.


3 posted on 02/04/2010 1:25:44 PM PST by TexGuy (If it has the slimmest of chances of being considered sarcasm ... IT IS!)
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To: smokingfrog

York was a handsome son-of-a-gun! May he R.I.P.


4 posted on 02/04/2010 1:28:18 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: smokingfrog

yeah those DUMB@$$ES in MA wanted to destroy the thing. Stupid !@# anti gun zealots have no idea what they had or even who Sgt York was (not the library the police and ATF officers contacted).
i am so happy that it is going to have a respectful home


5 posted on 02/04/2010 1:28:29 PM PST by DM1
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To: smokingfrog

Looks nothing like Gary Cooper.


6 posted on 02/04/2010 1:29:07 PM PST by Sybeck1 (POTUS : Punk of the United States)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I met his son, Andrew Jackson York. He is (was?) the head Ranger at the State Park which is his father’s homestead.
Pall Mall TN is a lot different than New London CT.


7 posted on 02/04/2010 1:31:17 PM PST by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: smokingfrog

The Musuem of Appalachia is a great place. It’s high on my “do again” list.


8 posted on 02/04/2010 1:31:19 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Contrary to what politicians expect us to do, let's stop and think. " ~Thomas Sowell, of course)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
He looks a lot like me.    
9 posted on 02/04/2010 1:34:36 PM PST by smokingfrog (You can't ignore your boss and expect to keep your job... www.filipthishouse2010.com)
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To: CalvaryJohn

“...Pall Mall TN is a lot different than New London CT...”

I love that area of Tennessee. The woods just smells right. From the Clear Fork River to Picket State Park and Wildlife Management Area to the Big South Fork of the Cumberland there is plenty of deep woods to explore.


10 posted on 02/04/2010 1:35:47 PM PST by Monterrosa-24 (...even more American than a French bikini and a Russian AK-47.)
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To: smokingfrog

The Huns had probably never even heard of Appalachia or Tennessee. Suckers never knew what hit them.


11 posted on 02/04/2010 1:37:10 PM PST by katana
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To: smokingfrog

This has been in the news for a while. I’m glad it worked out. Museums can accept unregistered machineguns as donations, foiling the BATF, which always wants to destroy them, no matter their historical signifigance or the fact that nobody will ever rob a bank or pull a drive-by with an MG08/15


12 posted on 02/04/2010 1:37:10 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: CalvaryJohn
"I met his son, Andrew Jackson York. He is (was?) the head Ranger at the State Park which is his father’s homestead."

Cool...I met Football Hall of Famer Jack Lambert while I was out hunting once and he was working as a deputy for the PA State Game Commission ;-)

13 posted on 02/04/2010 1:39:19 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

He looked like Gary Cooper to me.


14 posted on 02/04/2010 1:47:24 PM PST by sportutegrl (VETO PROOF MAJORITY)
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To: smokingfrog

Well then, Smokin’, you must be a handsome dude! :)


15 posted on 02/04/2010 1:51:28 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Sybeck1
"I always wet my sites when I plan to do some shootin". One of my favorite movies. I don't know if I quoted correctly though.


16 posted on 02/04/2010 1:51:35 PM PST by Wiggins
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To: smokingfrog

One more reason NFA law is unconstitutional.


17 posted on 02/04/2010 2:00:19 PM PST by ctdonath2 (Pelosi is practically President; the Obama is just her talk show host.)
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To: Wiggins

I’ma gonna suggest one small fix. {;^)

Sites are where construction is done or a page (or pages) on the web.

Sights are on a rifle.


18 posted on 02/04/2010 2:14:37 PM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in democrat stands for patriotism)
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To: Wiggins

“Which goose do you shoot when you see seven flying in formation? Wellllll, you always shoot the last one first. That way, those fellas in the front don’t see what is goin’ on.”

Thanks, Alvin.


19 posted on 02/04/2010 2:21:40 PM PST by Dutchboy88
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To: ozzymandus
the fact that nobody will ever rob a bank or pull a drive-by with an MG08/15

Oh I don't know about that. You could certainly do a drive by with it mounted in the bed of your pick up, "technical" style

You'd just have to hope to heck that there wasn't another "Sgt. York" type in the place you were driving by. Could ruin your whole day.

20 posted on 02/04/2010 2:44:19 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: smokingfrog

From the Knoxville News Sentinel at the time of a benefit to help fund the acquisition.

21 posted on 02/04/2010 6:02:10 PM PST by concentric circles
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To: concentric circles

That’s some gun!


22 posted on 02/04/2010 8:03:54 PM PST by smokingfrog (You can't ignore your boss and expect to keep your job... www.filipthishouse2010.com)
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To: smokingfrog

Interestingly, “08/15” is German army slang with the same meaning as “SNAFU” in the US. The gun itself was always noted for lots of problems, as well as weighing a ton and still being called a “light” machine gun. Still, it was used into the early part of WW2 due to shortages of later guns. There are quite a few in the US, in museums and private collections.


23 posted on 02/05/2010 11:47:49 AM PST by ozzymandus
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