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Alvin C. York, portrayed by Gary Cooper in Sergeant York (1941). Playing in theaters at the same time as the attack on Pearl Harbor helped the film’s depiction of a war hero’s bravery connect with audiences and Oscar voters.

"Turkey Shoot" with Sgt. Alvin York taken in 1928 in Pall Mall, Tennessee near Sgt. York’s home. Front Row: Clay Conatser, Dr. J.P. Sloan, Toe Potter, and Hendricks Cravens. 2nd Row: Junior Sodders, Albert Taylor, Webb Hatfield, Ike Hatfield, William Hatfield, Sgt. Alvin C. York, Albert York, and Gus Delk. The small boy is Ernest