Sergeant York, Part 2
Alvin is talking with Gracie Williams near a creek. They talk about their relationship, and Alvin hints toward marriage in his own way. He doesn't know how to tell her that he loves her, so he does so in a sort of "code". While doing their daily reading from the Bible, Alvin reads a passage and emphasizes the word "love" every time it comes up. They receive a knock on the door, Alvin answers it to find Pastor Pyle. Pyle gives Alvin a telegram notice saying that he's being drafted. This angers Alvin and he states that he's not going to fight. Pyle says that Alvin could apply to be a "conscientious objector". Pyle warns Alvin that it won't be easy.
Later they get together again, and Pyle tells them that Alvin's "objector" claim was rejected. Pyle explains to Alvin that where God calls us, he'll equip us. This comforts Alvin, and upon Alvin's mother's request, Pyle prays for Alvin.
Pyle, Gracie, and Alvin's Mother say their goodbyes to Alvin as he prepares to board his train. Before he boards, he asks Gracie to wait for him to get married. Pyle gives Alvin a Bible with a hymn written in the cover and Gracie gives him a journal and makes him promise that he'll write in it every day. Alvin says his goodbyes, and then boards the train.
Alvin arrives at the camp and is assigned his company. Alvin was astonished by all the men he met, and he seemed determined to meet everyone he could. The Captain explains where they are and what they're up against. The Captain pinpoints Alvin for his trying to be a objector. Alvin is drilled on why he didn't want to fight, and the Captain ends the discussion by saying "You better figure out what you do mean and quick." Kosinsky comments that Alvin inspired many of the men for his faith, however the Captain had a problem with his view about war for obvious reasons.
Later the Captain gets at the men for their marching skills. The Captain then puts Alvin on cleanup duty to clean up the cigarette butts. Alvin questions it and gets assigned the task for the whole week. On another day the men are doing target practice. The Captain talks Alvin through the steps of aiming, and then Alvin hits two perfect bulls eyes. The Captain has a hard time figuring out Alvin, and requests seeing him in his office. The Captain asks Alvin about his application for conscientious objector. The Captain and Alvin discuss the idea that there is a difference between killing and protecting. The Captain goes on to say that no one wants war, but when it comes there is need to fight to protect ones country from the evils that are threatening to harm it. The Captain then agrees to give Alvin a ten day pass to think and pray about whether to fight in the war or not. Alvin thanks the Captain and leaves with a lot to think about. (Continued in #710: “Sergeant York, Part 3”)
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VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The first scene of the broadcast version of this episode features Eugene and Red Hollard recapping the story from the previous episode.
- PARENTAL WARNING: This four part episode reflects on the life of Alvin York. While it is presented in a way that kids can handle, it contains deaths and war scenes. The episode also tackles the controversy of Christians going to war. It is encouraged for a parent to listen with their children and discuss the issues presented in the episode.
- This was originally a 3 part episode. However, after editing the voice tracks, the AIO team discovered that the episode is 18 minutes too long. Rather than cut 18 minutes from the story, they decided to make it into AIO's first regular 4 part episode.
- This episode was originally planned for Album #54: Clanging Cymbals...and the Meaning of God's Love but was pushed back to Album #55: The Deep End to make room for the episodes including Penny.
- The hymn Pastor Pyle wrote in Alvin's Bible is "O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee".
- Harry Parson's line about vaudeville being "A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants" is a reference to a line attributed to Chuckles the Clown on The Mary Tyler Moore Show