Sage, Terence Fairchild, CPT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 1542, Field Advisory Element MACV
Service Years
1963 - 1968
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jan 31, 1968
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Gia Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
West Point Cemetery - West Point, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section XXXIV, Row D, Site 162

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
West Point Association of GraduatesVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, West Point Association of Graduates2
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1963-1966, 1542, HHC, 1st Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1967-1968, 1542, Field Advisory Element MACV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1963-1965, United States Military Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Vietnam Wall Panel coordinates 36E 034

Captain¬†Terence Fairchild Sage¬†was killed in action on the outskirts of Saigon on 31 January 1968 while serving as senior advisor to the 8th Battalion of the South Vietnamese Airborne Division. The citation accompanying his posthumous award of the Silver Star for his last action reads in part: ‚??On January 31, 1968 a well-equipped Viet Cong force entered and occupied the compound of the Vietnamese Joint General Staff Headquarters. Captain Sage accompanied a reaction force that had been given the mission of clearing the headquarters.

‚??When the first attack was stopped, Captain Sage unhesitatingly volunteered to accompany a second attack on the enemy position. Mounting the top of an armored car, he rode into the area of fiercest fighting, fearlessly exposing himself to intense enemy fire as he directed air strikes and co-ordinated the offensive efforts of units deployed in the area. As the unit neared the Viet Cong strongpoint, overwhelming rocket, recoilless rifle and automatic weapons fire was directed at the armored cars. It was at this time that an exploding recoilless rifle round mortally wounded Captain Sage."
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