Grandson of World War I hero Sergeant Alvin York was the guest of honor at a first strike ceremony Nov. 28 at the Philadelphia Mint.
Gerald York did the honors as the first World War I commemorative silver dollar official came off the coining press as numerous other dignitaries and Mint staff looked on.
The coin is being struck and then sold to collectors in 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, which occurred at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
For France and Great Britain, the war had dragged on for more than four years and cost millions of lives.
For the United States, the conflict lasted little more than a year and a half. Combat deaths were 53,402 Americans.
Amazing tales of bravery included that of Alvin York. He was given a Medal of Honor. He led an attack on a German machine gun position. In the fighting 25 Germans were killed and 132 captured. Thirty-five machine guns were taken.
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