Albert (Sarge) York passed away Dec. 21, 2012. He was born June 3, 1919. He was one of five children born in Lakeview, Texas. At age 16, his mother signed for him to enlist in the U.S. Army. After six years of service in the Army, Albert joined the U.S. Navy and fought in World War II in the South Pacific. Following World War II, he rejoined the U.S. Army and fought in the Korean War from 1952-1953. He earned a Bronze Star Medal and Combat Infantryman's Badge with the 23rd Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Division. Albert served more than 34 years of federal service for his country. In 1954, after returning from wartime duty in Korea, Albert was assigned as the military fire chief at White Sands Missile Range. After 22 years of military service, Albert retired from the Army at the rank of master sergeant. He stayed with the fire department as a civilian firefighter and retired from civil service in 1972 at the rank of captain in the Fire Prevention Division. Albert is survived by his wife of 68 years, Edith York; two sons, Gary York (and wife Sonia) of Tampa, Fla. and Glenn York (and wife Lela) of Las Cruces, N.M. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Michael, Danny, Riane Ashley and Kathryn. Albert enjoyed fishing, hunting and raising game fowl. Arrangements are with La Paz-Graham's Funeral Home. To send condolences go to www.lapaz-grahams.com.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Dec. 25, 2012