In addition to Staff Sergeant George D. Keathley, there were three other Medals of Honor awarded for heroism in Europe on September 14, 1944. The American heroes who earned them were First Lieutenant Edgar H. Lloyd, Sergeant Joseph J. Sadowski, and Second Lieutenant Thomas W. Wigle.
Furman L. Smith was born in Six Mile, South Carolina on May 11, 1925. He was drafted into the United States Army on July 28, 1943 at age eighteen. Like so many young Americans ripped from their civilian lives to fight in distant lands, Smith held just a grammar school education and had been a farm hand in Central, South Carolina.
George John Hall was born in Stoneham, Massachusetts on January 9, 1921. He was a member of the Massachusetts National Guard activated and federalized for World War II service with the United States Army. By May 1944, Hall was a Staff Sergeant with the 34th Infantry Division‘s 135th Infantry Regiment.