In 1918, York’s unit captured around seventy Germans but immediately began to receive fire from a German machine gun nest. Instead of ducking for cover or running in retreat, York charged straight for them. “Those machine guns were spitting fire and cutting down the undergrowth all around me something awful. You never heard such a racket in all of your life. I didn’t have time to dodge behind a tree or dive into the brush… As soon as the machine guns opened fire on me, I began to exchange shots with them. There were over thirty of them in continuous action, and all I could do was touch the Germans off just as fast as I could.” By the end, York hand single handedly killed close to thirty German soldiers and forced the rest to surrender.