Sager serves in Vietnam
Last updated 6/6/2023 at 8:41am
— Editor’s Note: This is the second in a three-part series on William ‘Bill’ Sager. Part 3 will publish June 14.
RITZVILLE – Barely out of his teenage years, Bill Sager was drafted into the Army in May 1969.
“I had a feeling deep in my heart that if I went to Vietnam as an infantryman, I wouldn’t come back alive,” he said.
So he joined the regular Army, which required a three-year commitment. He signed up for a seaman course and went to basic training at Fort Lewis.
Because of his prior manual labor in the woods, he was already physically fit.
“I was in worse shape a...