Originally Posted by bb1
Alvin York probably used an '03. His Division, the 82nd, was issued the 1917. He didn't like the sights. His son said ,in an interview, that he had "acquired" an 03 and used it well during his visit to France. There seems to be no proof either way.
That's what I've read too. But in his own diary he wrote that when his unit got to LeHarve, France, they turned in their old rifles and were issued "British" guns. Since US troops weren't actually issued British rifles, and since US troops tended to refer to the M1917 by its origin (it looked almost identical to the British P14), the consensus is that he, like most Doughboys, was armed with the M1917.
The only thing even remotely close to proof is the diary, but there is not really concrete evidence either way. I guess I have to lean toward the 1917 because historically that's what he was supposed to be carrying and its also mentioned in his diary. One would think that if he went through the trouble of writing about the 1917 he would have also taken the time to write about the lengths he would have had to go through to get an '03. But that's just my opinion.
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