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Son of Sgt. Alvin York to retire from family homestead
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(WBIR-Pall Mall) For more than four decades, the son of celebrated World War I Veteran Sgt. Alvin York has shared his father's story.

Now the spotlight is on him, Andrew York, as he retires this week from the historic family homestead.

Andrew has served as a park ranger at Sgt. Alvin C. York Historic Park in Pall Mall for 41 years.

The York's family home has been open to the public as a museum since 1995.

"I was born here. I got married here when I was 18, she was 16," Andrew recalled.

Andrew is one of ten children; three, including himself, are still alive.

His father received international recognition after the Battle of the Argonne Forest during World War I.

Sgt. York, then a Corporal, took on a German machine gun nest, killing at least 20 and forcing 132 more to surrender.

He received The Medal of Honor.

"A lot of them want to know about what happened over there. But I tell them what happened when he got back. It probably put him in a position where he could do more here," Andrew said.

He went on to say, "He didn't believe in killing when he went."

After preserving his father's legacy, the 83-year-old is ready to retire.

"I've got 41 years in and I'd like to quit while I still have time to go fishing and run around some," he said.

However, Andrew said he will continue to work as a part-time guide.

Tennessee State Parks officials will hold a public retirement party for Andrew on Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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