During the last years of Amethyst’s Dad George’s life we met Gordon and his daughter Donna. George rarely spoke of his experiences as a Marine in WWII. We found out that Gordon and George had shared the tragedy of the Battle of Iwo Jima. They spent it together in a foxhole! It gave them a bond which we cannot possibly understand.
Gordon went to art school after serving in WWII then re-enlisted in the Army-Aircorp. After 15 years in the military, Gordon spent 20 years teaching high school art classes.
Since Gordon and Donna lived near us in Washington, we visited them several times and were able to see Gordon’s amazing artistic talent and the variety of his work.
Gordon died on November 14, 2020 at the age of 99. Read more about Gordon’s life in this beautiful tribute by his daughter Donna.
You can see a selection of Gordon’s work in my photos of his exhibition from 2012 below.
Exhibition July, 2012 Vancouver, Washington
In 2016, we learned that Gordon had not only been in Iwo Jima, but he was also a Pearl Harbor veteran.
He commemorated his experience in a breathtaking painting which he donated to the World War II museum in New Orleans. A print of it is also hung on the Missouri and Pearl Harbor. . Read the full story.
A painting of the USS Oklahoma being attacked in Pearl Harbor, by WW2 veteran Gordon Sage who was aboard the battleship USS Maryland during the attack by Gordon Sage.
Here is the video of the memorial held for Gordon.
October 21, 1921 – November 14, 2020