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    I've been to that museum several times and even got a behind the scenes tour. Anyone interested in that type of thing should consider joining The Company of Military Historians.

    The nearby statue of Sgt. York on capitol hill (just up the street from the museum) has him holding an '03. There is also a war museum at the foot of the capitol building. Don't forget to see that too. Fort Nashborough (recreation of the pallisade fort) is also within walking distance. And if you're in Nashville, Fort Negley is within driving distance. It was part of the original chain of forts built by the Union to defend Nashville from the Confederates. Don't forget that Franklin Battlefield is nearby as is Murfreesboro (Stones River). No shortage of Civil War history around there.

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    I often wonder if Gary Cooper did Yorky credit in the Sergeant York film he portrayed him in.
    He gave and played the impression of being "one sandwich short of a picnic" which I am sure he was not going by the brave service he delivered.
    Was he the right actor for the film roll? Be good to hear from someone who knows a lot more about the real man.
    Often films debase these hero's by using the wrong actors or am I way off the mark?
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    As I recall, York would only consent to his story being filmed if Cooper played him.

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    Interesting, must have preferred him as an actor.
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    "Sgt York and his people"

    Very good biography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    I often wonder if Gary Cooper did Yorky credit in the Sergeant York film he portrayed him in.
    He gave and played the impression of being "one sandwich short of a picnic" which I am sure he was not going by the brave service he delivered.
    Was he the right actor for the film roll? Be good to hear from someone who knows a lot more about the real man.
    Often films debase these hero's by using the wrong actors or am I way off the mark?
    Hollywood couldn't resist a sneer at the South or Southerners even then.

    York was a brawler and drinker who overcame all that well before he ever joined the Army:

    Christian | Sergeant York

    Alvin York | Christian History Magazine
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    "Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened." W.L.S.C..

    "None need deceive a people determined to deceive themselves."

    "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you" J.R.K.

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