LELAND C SAGE
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HONORED ON PANEL 21W, LINE 2 OF THE WALL

LELAND CHARLES COOKE SAGE

WALL NAME

LELAND C SAGE

PANEL / LINE

21W/2

DATE OF BIRTH

12/25/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/23/1969

HOME OF RECORD

WAUKEGAN

COUNTY OF RECORD

Lake County

STATE

IL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

LT

STATUS

MIA

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR LELAND CHARLES COOKE SAGE
POSTED ON 5.26.2020
POSTED BY: Paul Grgas

I Have Had Your Bracelet Since 1989 or 1990

I don't recall exactly when I got your bracelet. I served as a linguist in the Air Force 1988-2010. I am also from Waukegan, which is why I chose yours when I decided to get a bracelet. I continue to serve after retirement from active duty as a Defense Contractor.
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POSTED ON 3.19.2020
POSTED BY: KR

LT LELAND C. C. SAGE, USNA 1966 - POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY 2019

The Department of Defense conducted a ceremony at the Pentagon on Friday, 20 September 2019 in recognition of POW/MIA Recognition Day. Deputy Defense Secretary David L. Nordquist remembered the 1,587 MIAs from the Vietnam War as well as all those still unaccounted for from WWII, the Korean War, the Cold War and other conflicts. Since the 2018 Ceremony, DPAA has positively identified 7 Vietnam War MIAs. LT Leland Charles Cooke Sage, USNA Class of 1966, is one of those 1,587 MIAs unaccounted for in Southeast Asia from the Vietnam War. He is one of 5 graduates from his U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis class who is still MIA. The other 4 USNA Class of 1966 MIAs are: 1) LT Victor Buckley; 2) Capt. John Consolvo, USMC; 3) LT Bruce Fryar; and 4) LCDR Marvin Wiles. As of the date of this ceremony, there are 55 USNA graduates still MIA in SEA from the Vietnam War.

This is the link to the DoD story about the ceremony:

https://www.defense.gov/explore/story/Article/1967474/prisoners-of-war-missing-in-action-remembered-at-pentagon-ceremony/

This is the link to the C-Span video of the ceremony:

https://www.c-span.org/video/?464524-1/pentagon-hosts-national-powmia-recognition-day-ceremony
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POSTED ON 11.14.2018
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of LTJG Leland C.C. Sage

At 3:55 AM on June 23, 1969, LTJG Leland C.C. Sage was the pilot of and U.S. Navy A-4E Skyhawk (#152029) from Attack Squadron 144 (VA-144) “Roadrunners”, Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5), from the aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31). LTJG Sage was the leader in a flight of two on a night strike mission in Laos. In the target area the flight leader called “roll in” and indicated that he could pull out to the left. Two Forward Air Controllers (FAC’s) observed his aircraft fly straight into the ground. The wingman and the FAC’s observed the Skyhawk impact and explode. No rocket explosion from the ejection seat was seen nor any other indication that ejection occurred, and there was no response from Sage’s emergency radio. Search and rescue efforts were initiated and the aircraft wreckage was photographed. No ground search was conducted because of the location of the incident and enemy activity in the area. On October 28 and 29, 1994, a joint U.S. and Lao team investigated the crash site. Material evidence was recovered by the team, however, no remains have been returned. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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POSTED ON 6.22.2018
POSTED BY: Scarlet Woofter

My Grandad's roommate

I never met you, but in the back of my grandfather's flight log he has the name of everyone that he was close to that died in Vietnam, and under your name it said roommate. And though my grandfather rarely talks about the people he knew Your name and note stuck out to me and I just want to say that you are not forgotten.
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POSTED ON 10.19.2016
POSTED BY: Valerie Winberg

I've had your bracelet ........

I never met Lee but I've worn/had his POW/MIA bracelet since the middle 70"s.....never knowing actually what had happened. My Father was a POW in WWII and his sufferings were great. I could only feel I was honoring 2 men who served by wearing and keeping this bracelet for all these years. To them and all our Vets who have passed....well done and thank you.
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