Born at Centerville, New York, April 6, 1859, he graduated from West Point in 1882; from the Army War College in 1907.
He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, 5th United States Infantry, June 13, 1882 and was promoted through the grades to Colonel, 12th U.S. Infantry, June 13, 1915; temporary Major General, National Guard, August 5, 1917. He was professor of Military Sciences and Tactics, Central University of Kentucky, Richmond, Kentucky, 1892-93; on garrison duty in Texas, 1894-95; Aide-de-Camp to General Ovenshine in the Philippines in 1898; served as Adjutant General, 1st and 2nd Brigades, 1st Division, XIII Army Corps; Adjutant General, 3rd District, Mindanao and Jolo, Philippines; Malsbang, Philippines, 1906; at the War College, 1906-07; Adjutant General, Department of the Columbia, 1907; Mexican Border Service, 1916-17; Commander, Camp Shelby, Hattisburg, Mississippi, September 1917-March 1918; served with the American Expeditionary Forces in France in World War I.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor for service during the Philippine Insurrection, at Zapote River, Philippines, June 13, 1899.
He died on June 4, 1922 and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Elizabeth Mclean Sage, is buried with him. His father, Willian Newton Sage, Major, United States Army, is buried in Section 1.
SAGE, WILLIAM H.
Rank and organization: Captain, 23d U.S. Infantry. Place and date: Near Zapote River, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 13 June 1899. Entered service at: Binghamton, New York. Birth: Centerville, New York. Date of issue: 24 July 1902.
With 9 men volunteered to hold an advanced position and held it against a terrific fire of the enemy estimated at 1,000 strong. Taking a rifle from a wounded man, and cartridges from the belts of others, Captain Sage himself killed 5 of the enemy.
BRIGADIER GENERAL WILLIAM H. SAGE
OMAHA, Nebraska, June 5, 1922 – Brigadier General William H. Sage, 63, commanding officer at Fort D. A. Russell, Wyoming, died here yesterday. The General had stopped at Fort Crook, en route to Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, and was taken seriously ill Tuesday. The body was forwarded to Washington last night for interment at Arlington Cemetery.
General Sage was a graduate of West Point and an Army man for forty-six years. He was decorated with the Medal of Honor for service in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War. He was to have retired next month.
Surviving are his widow and two sons, Colonel W. H. Sage of New Haven, Connecticut and Captain Nathaniel Sage of Washington.
SAGE, WILLIAM HAMDEN
- BRIG GEN USA
- DATE OF DEATH: 06/04/1922
- BURIED AT: SECTION WW SITE 913
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
SAGE, ELIZABETH MCLEAN W/O WILLIAM HAMDEN
- DATE OF DEATH: 01/30/1943
- BURIED AT: SECTION EAST SITE 913
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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