82nd All The Way - Lyrics

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In the draft of 1917, a man from Tennessee
Overseas to the trenches he went, from the land of the free
Into war he brought two things along, a rifle and his faith
Join the ranks as a private, assigned to 338th

There on that day, Alvin York
Entered the fray
Saving the day
82nd all the way

Into the fires of hell, the Argonne, a hero to be
Entered the war from over the sea
Intervene, 1918, all the way from Tennessee
Hill 223

When his faith has been put to the test, the call to arms he heeds
On the 8th of October he went, made a sergeant for his deeds
Fearless, leading the raid of the war, machinegun on the hill
Charge the enemy taking the prisoners, by power of his will

There on that day, Sergeant York
Entered the fray
Saving the day
82nd all the way

What Sergeant York achieved that day
Would echo to the USA
It’s 82nd all the way
Death from above, what they now say

What Sergeant York achieved that day
Echoes from France to the USA
It’s 82nd All the way
Death from above, what they now say

Music: Brodén / Lyrics: Brodén / Sundström
Historic fact
Sergeant Alvin York from Tennessee made his name known on the 8th of October, 1918 during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive when he led 16 men against the German defensive machine gun nests on Hill 223. They worked their way behind the Germans and overran the headquarters of a German unit, capturing a large group of German Soldiers, when machine gun fire rang out killing 6 Americans and wounding 3 others. Sergeant York ordered the remaining 7 soldiers to guard the captured Germans while he worked his way towards the German guns. After exchanging gunfire with the Germans, York was charged by 6 Germans with fixed bayonets. Out of ammo for his rifle, Sergeant York drew his pistol and shot all 6 before they could reach him. German Army First Lieutenant Paul Jürgen Vollmer emptied his pistol at York while he was contending with the machine guns. Failing to injure York, and seeing his mounting losses, he offered to surrender the unit to York, who accepted. Sergeant York and his remaining men men marched 132 German prisoners back to the American lines.

The 82nd Infantry Division was given the nickname “All Americans” to reflect its unique composition of having soldiers from all 48 states (at the time). As the 82nd Infantry Division their motto was “All The Way!” and after they were redesignated the 82nd Airborne Division in 1942 their motto became “Death From Above.”

Facts by: Joe Arino