Sergeant York received the Medal of Honor for his bravery in World War I. Following his promotion to Corporal, York was one of 17 soldiers assigned to infiltrate German lines and silence a machine gun nest. The Germans quickly killed six Americans and wounded three others, making York the highest-ranking officer still able to fight. He took charge and attacked the fortified enemy position, dispatching numerous Germans with his rifle before running out of ammunition. Six desperate enemy soldiers then charged York but he killed all of them with his pistol. York killed at least 25 Germans and captured 132 during the attack.