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.  2020


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.

Subject:   Sgt. Robert Gage
Date:   Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:40:47 -0700

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






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Lance Corporal (LCpl) Robert Hugh Gage entered the U.S. Marine Corps from Ohio and served in Company A, 1st Anti-Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division. On July 3, 1966, he left his platoon position with another Marine to travel to a hamlet in Thanh Thay Village, Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province, near grid coordinates BT 059 649, so that the other Marine could find someone to do his laundry. While negotiating over the price of the laundry, the other Marine noticed LCpl Gage talking to two Vietnamese girls, and after completing his business he left the hamlet without LCpl Gage. He returned a short while later to get his laundry but could not locate LCpl Gage, and reported him to be missing when he returned to his platoon post. Members of the platoon conducted search efforts over the next several days but were unsuccessful in locating any sign of LCpl Gage, and he was not seen again. Following his disappearance, the Marine Corps promoted LCpl Gage to the rank of staff sergeant. Today, Staff Sergeant Gage is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. 

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