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Pvt. James F. Sage




Pvt James F. Sage Reported Missing in Action Nov 20

Lake Auto Mechanic Last Heard from in Front Line Foxhole

Clear Lake -- Mrs. James F. Sage received a message from the war department Saturday as follows:
"The secretary of war desires me to express his deep regret that your husband, Pvt. James F Sage, has been reported missing in action in Germany since Nov. 20. If further details or other information is received you will be promptly notified. Dunlop, the acting adjutant."

Pvt. Sage entered the service March 31, 1944 and took basic training at Camp Hood, Texas. From there he was at home delayed enroute to Fort Meade, Md., leaving Clear Lake Aug. 19. He arrived in France Sept 19 and was on the move continuously until he reached the front lines. The last letter received from him was written from a foxhole Nov. 14.

Mrs. Sage and son, Jimmy, 6, live at 501 E. South street. Before entering the service Pvt. Sage had an auto repair shop at the corner of West Main and 5th streets.

Source: The Mason City Globe-Gazette, December 11, 1944 (photo included)

Pvt. James F. Sage Now Reported Killed in Action

Message from War Department Comes to Mrs. Sage Tuesday

Clear Lake -- Another Clear Lake man has made the supreme sacrifice for his country according to a message from the war department received by Mrs. James F. Sage, 501 E. South street, Tuesday, as follows:

"The secretary of war asks that I assure you of his deep sympathy in the loss of your husband, Pvt. James F. Sage, who was previously reported missing in action. Reports now received state that he was killed in action Nov 20. in Germany. Letter follows. Dunlop, action adjutant general."

Pvt. Sage was born April 10, 1911, at Clear Lake, Minn., the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sage who died while he was a small lad. He went to live with relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Harr, West Bend, where he grew to manhood.

June 8, 1935, he was married at Jackson, Minn., to Miss Beverley DeGroote. They lived at Ventura before moving to Clear Lake 5 years ago. Pvt. Sage operated an auto repair station until he entered the service last March 31.

Besides Mrs. Sage and thier son, Jimmy, 6, he is survived by 4 sisters, Mrs. Robert Ackerman, Burt; Mrs Harvey Gibbs, Racine; Wis.; Mrs Edna Weber, Lincoln, Nebr.; and Mrs. Floyd Perkins, DeWitt.

Mrs. Ackerman had just spent 4 days with Mrs. Sage, returning home Monday evening.

Pvt. Sage trained at Camp Hood, Texas, and Fort Meade, Md. before going overseas. He was at home on furlough in August, left for Fort Meade Aug 19 and arrived in France on Sept 19. He was in the infantry continuously on the move till he reached the front lines. His last letter was written from a foxhole Nov. 14. Mrs. Sage received word Dec. 8 that her husband was missing in action.

Source: The Mason City Globe-Gazette, December 20, 1944

Plan Service in Memory of Pvt. J. F. Sage

Clear Lake—Memorial services for Pvt. James F. Sage, 33, killed in action in Germany last Nov. 20, will be held at the First Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, it was announced Wednesday. The Rev. Warner M. Hubbard, pastor, will be in charge of the rites.  Members of Stafford Post No. 222, American Legion, and of other patriotic organizations, will attend.

Pvt. Sage entered service March 31, 1944, and trained at Camp Hood, Tex., and Fort Meade, Md., before going overseas last August.  He was continuously on the move toward the front lines from then on.

Mrs. Sage and son, Jimmy, live at 501 E. South street.  She has received the purple heart decoration awarded her husband and a letter from the chaplain of his regiment telling her of his burial in Belgium.

Source: The Mason City Globe-Gazette, February 14, 1945

James Edwin Sage was born Apr. 10, 1911 to Fred and Anna Smith Sage. He died Nov. 20, 1944 and is buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City, IA.

Pvt. Sage served in World War II with the U.S. Army 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. He was first reported MIA, later as KIA in Germany and was first buried at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial, Liege, Belgium.

He is buried at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial in Belgium

Source: ancestry.com