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Name: Sager, William H.

Historical Note: Maj. William H. Sager, USMCR (Ret), first joined the Marines in 1939 as a member of the Eastern Platoon Leaders’ Class at Quantico, later completing the 2d Reserve Officers’ School at Philadelphia as well. He then joined the 1st Marine Division at New River, which participated in the Guadalcanal operation. Sager returned home due to a bad case of malaria, but once recovered he volunteered for duty with the United States Naval Group, China, also known as the Sino-American Cooperative Operation (SACO). SACO was a secret organization made up of volunteers from the Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard who performed various covert activities in China, including gathering weather reports, training Chinese guerillas and collecting intelligence for the Pacific war effort. As a part of SACO from 1944 to 1945, Sager worked in an area known as Camp 10, where he served as the commander of the American officers training Chinese troops. Sager passed away on January 12, 2019.
Sources: Frank, Benis M. “Seven Retirees Record Oral Interviews in California.” Fortitudine 19.4 (1990): 18.

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