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Biographer of World War I Hero Alvin York Wins $5,000 Prize

Col. Douglas Mastriano, an instructor at the U.S. Army War College, visited Fort Benning April 22 to discuss the life and actions of famed World War I Soldier Alvin York. Mastriano has written a biography of York.

NEW YORK (AP) — A biographer of one of World War I's most famous veterans, Sgt. Alvin York , has won a $5,000 prize.

Officials announced Wednesday that Col. Douglas V. Mastriano won the William E. Colby Award for " Alvin York : A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne."

The award, founded in 1999 and presented by Connecticut-based Norwich University, is named for the late ambassador and CIA director. It is given for outstanding works of fiction or nonfiction books about military history, intelligence operations or foreign affairs.

Mastriano is a veteran who served in the first Gulf War and the Afghanistan War.

Previous winners of the Colby Award include James Bradley , Marcus Luttrell and Dexter Filkins .

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