In October 2008 a Memorial tablet was inagurated on the side of hill in the forest near Châtel-Chéhéry.
This site is where the Sergeant York Discovery Expedition state the fight took place. In truth it is nearly 1km from where it actually happened. The SYDE claim is completely erroneous and their information obtained using non scientific methods and exercised without authorisation.
It has been a long held view of the York Project team that any decision to which is the true site of York's action should be made in academic circles. We are of the opinion that we will present the best case for this having followed strict rules of both historical and geographical interpretation. Our investigations, were carried out in an area of the Meuse-Argonne which is subject of archaeological importance from a period long before the Great War. The most compelling piece of evidence, the 328th infantry Company G collar disc, (York's unit) was found in the area that we believe to be the 'fight area' and is not associated with any finds made by other teams. (Further pieces of compelling evidence were found in April 2009, the details will be available on this website in 2010.)
Additional items of equipment, e.g. the U.S. helmet that bore damage inflicted by a bullet, corroborate the historical documents. (When one of the American fatalities was recovered in 1919, he was found to have a fractured left scapula.) The location of the German machine-gun that we believe is the one that fired upon the patrol also substantiates our claim. Our area fits almost exactly with the maps annotated by Captain Danforth and Major Buxton in 1929. This was an important historical document overlooked by the other claimant. For those wishing to view a map of the project area, please click here to take you to the press release (PDF, opens in a new window) from MTSU.
|Above, the Sergeant York Project Team was careful to use professional metal detecting equipment and the latest Global Positioning Systems to pinpoint and carefully recover and map details of artefacts found on location.