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Sgt George Dennis Keathley
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American Hero
- oldguy
 Added: Sep. 14, 2014
 
CitationFor conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, in action on the western ridge of Mount Altuzzo, Italy. After bitter fighting his company had advanced to within 50 yards of the objective, where it was held up due to intense enemy sniper, automatic, small arms, and mortar fire. The enemy launched 3 desperate counterattacks in an effort to regain their former positions, but all 3 were repulsed with heavy casualties on both sides. All officers and noncommissioned officers of the 2d and 3d platoons of Company B had become casualties, and S/Sgt. Keathley, guide of the 1st platoon, moved up and assumed command of both the 2d and 3d platoons, reduced to 20 men. The remnants of the 2 platoons were dangerously low on ammunition, so S/Sgt. Keathley, under deadly small arms and mortar fire, crawled from 1 casualty to another, collecting their ammunition and administering first aid. He then visited each man of his 2 platoons, issuing the precious ammunition he had collected from the dead and wounded, and giving them words of encouragement. The enemy now delivered their fourth counterattack, which was approximately 2 companies in strength. In a furious charge they attacked from the front and both flanks, throwing hand grenades, firing automatic weapons, and assisted by a terrific mortar barrage. So strong was the enemy counterattack that the company was given up for lost. The remnants of the 2d and 3d platoons of Company B were now looking to S/Sgt. Keathley for leadership. He shouted his orders precisely and with determination and the men responded with all that was in them. Time after time the enemy tried to drive a wedge into S/Sgt. Keathley's position and each time they were driven back, suffering huge casualties. Suddenly an enemy hand grenade hit and exploded near S/Sgt. Keathley, inflicting a mortal wound in his left side. However, hurling defiance at the enemy, he rose to his feet. Taking his left hand away from his wound and using it to steady his rifle, he fired and killed an attacking enemy soldier, and continued shouting orders to his men. His heroic and intrepid action so inspired his men that they fought with incomparable determination and viciousness. For 15 minutes S/Sgt. Keathley continued leading his men and effectively firing his rifle. He could have sought a sheltered spot and perhaps saved his life, but instead he elected to set an example for his men and make every possible effort to hold his position. Finally, friendly artillery fire helped to force the enemy to withdraw, leaving behind many of their number either dead or seriously wounded. S/Sgt. Keathley died a few moments later. Had it not been for his indomitable courage and incomparable heroism, the remnants of 3 rifle platoons of Company B might well have been annihilated by the overwhelming enemy attacking force. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
- P. Tyrie
 Added: Sep. 14, 2014
 

 Added: Sep. 14, 2014
 
~Thank You for Your Service~
- Nancy VonBokern Wigginton
 Added: Sep. 14, 2014
 

- David Wend
 Added: Mar. 10, 2014
 

- la vita eterna
 Added: Mar. 10, 2014
 

- James Snow
 Added: Mar. 10, 2014
 

- nyfirebird2003
 Added: Mar. 10, 2014
 

- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Feb. 19, 2014
 
Remembering.
- Rajordan
 Added: Jan. 21, 2014
 
Remembering you today, beloved soldier...
- Mary
 Added: Oct. 11, 2013
 

- Suzy E.
 Added: Aug. 19, 2013
 

- Searchers of our Past
 Added: May. 26, 2013
 

- MFPS
 Added: Mar. 10, 2013
 
Thank you for your most valued service to our country, May you rest in peace.
 Added: Mar. 10, 2013
 

- Lone Wolf
 Added: Mar. 10, 2013
 

- Mo Cote
 Added: Feb. 11, 2013
 

- Ernest Sharpe Jr
 Added: Jan. 26, 2013
 

- Lance
 Added: Nov. 9, 2012
 

- James Snow
 Added: Sep. 14, 2012
 
angel day blessings. thank you...
- LINDA /the night nurse
 Added: Sep. 14, 2012
 
R.I.P.
- Danny Trahan
 Added: Sep. 14, 2012
 

- CJS
 Added: Aug. 1, 2012
 

- Neil B (John 3:16)
 Added: Jun. 9, 2012
 

- Searchers of our Past
 Added: Apr. 19, 2012
 

- Saralyn
 Added: Mar. 10, 2012
 
Rest in peace, Sergeant. Thank you for your service and for your sacrifice. May we always remember the high price of freedom, a price you paid for each of us. You have not been forgotten, for true valor such as yours never dies.
- Sharon
 Added: Mar. 10, 2012
 
Thank you for your most valued service to our country. May you rest in peace.
- Robert Saulino, Sr.
 Added: Mar. 10, 2012
 

- Oscar in Italy
 Added: Mar. 10, 2012
 
Rest in peace.
- Ken MacLeod
 Added: Jan. 26, 2012
 

- MarBella
 Added: Nov. 20, 2011
 
[salute]
- Ceme-Terry Photographer
 Added: Oct. 29, 2011
 

- Searchers of our Past
 Added: Sep. 19, 2011
 

- Ernest Sharpe Jr
 Added: Aug. 2, 2011
 

- CJS
 Added: Aug. 1, 2011
 
Peace be with you.
- Rajordan
 Added: Aug. 1, 2011
 

- g beverly
 Added: Jul. 2, 2011
 
Thank you for your service to our country. Rest in peace.
- Robert Saulino, Sr.
 Added: Mar. 10, 2011
 

- The Johnsons
 Added: Jan. 3, 2011
 
Remembering you today for your love of country and greatest sacrifice on our behalf. Rest in peace SGT. KENTHLEY
- Dixie Chick
 Added: Nov. 16, 2010
 
Thanks
- O'KC
 Added: Jul. 3, 2010
 
Gone, but not forgotten.
- Rajordan
 Added: Feb. 21, 2010
 

- CJS
 Added: Jan. 15, 2010
 
Gone, but not forgotten.
- Rajordan
 Added: Nov. 16, 2009
 

- Anonymous
 Added: Jul. 24, 2009
 
Honored & Remembered for Your Service to Our Nation.
- Mary Lehman
 Added: May. 22, 2009
 

- R!
 Added: Apr. 18, 2009
 

- Harley Dad
 Added: Mar. 10, 2009
 

- Thom
 Added: Jan. 27, 2009
 
God Bless and keep you...
- Robert Fickies
 Added: Jan. 17, 2009
 
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