ROBERT HUGH GAGE

Name: Robert Hugh Gage
Rank/Branch: E4/US Marine Corps
Unit: Company A, 1st AT Battalion, 1st Marine Division
Date of Birth: 17 March 1945
Home City of Record: Columbus OH
Date of Loss: 03 July 1966
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 155650N 1081508E (BT059649)
Status (in 1973): Missing In Action
Category: 2
Acft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground

Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)

Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 October 1990 from one or more of
the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with
POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.

REMARKS:

SYNOPSIS: Cpl. Robert Hugh Gage was very proud to be a Marine. He was proud to
serve his country in Vietnam. He had completed his tour of duty and had been in
Da Nang for only a couple of days awaiting the next ship home when he
disappeared. The last anyone saw of Robert H. Gage was as he was talking to some
local girls outside a Vietnamese house.

Robert Gage was listed Missing in Action. The U.S. believes that the Vietnamese
can tell us what happened to him. His official loss location is listed as near
Hoa An in Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam. Search was made by two
platoons and eight dogs, but no trace was found of Gage.

There are nearly 2500 Americans missing in Southeast Asia. Mounting evidence
indicates that some of them are still alive, held captive. The Paris Peace
agreements of 1973 dictated that the Vietnamese would return all prisoners of
war and make the fullest possible accounting of the missing. They did neither.
Men known to have been prisoner of war were not released. Men who died in
captivity have not been returned for burial.

The U.S. Government policy statement is that we do not have actionable evidence
of Americans held captive, yet there are over 10,000 reports on file. Over 100
of them, according to one State Department official, pass the "closest scrutiny"
our intelligence community can give them. Until serious effort is made to find
those men we left behind, their families will wonder whether their men are alive
or dead.

Robert H. Gage was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant during the period he
was maintained missing.

 

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject:   Sgt. Robert Gage
Date:   Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:40:47 -0700
From:   pil17@aol.com
   

I was 15 years old in 1970 when I got the bracelet for Sgt. Robert Gage. I wore it for many years and still have it. It is precious to me. I just looked him up and saw that he has never been found. If anyone has new information on my guy please let me know. I am going from California to Washington, D.C next week to see the Wall. I was hoping to be able to leave his bracelet but as far as I know I will be keeping it the rest of my life. In respect to him. I pray his family is well and at peace.

 

Sincerely, Patricia Lumpkin