Thomas J. Hage was born on August 5, 1925 to Joseph and Adele Hage. He lived in Amsterdam with his parents and 4 older brothers Cecil, Paul, Albert and Eddie and attended St. Mary's Institute. In March 1944, he enlisted in the Untied States Army during World War II. After basic training, he was sent right over to Europe and into combat. He was stationed in France, Belgium and Germany. After several months of fighting, he was seriously wounded by enemy machine-gun bullets in both legs, on March 6, 1945. He received a medical discharge in August 1945 and for his service Thomas received two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star, American Service Medal, World War II Victory, Good Conduct Medals and others. In 1952, Thomas met and married Dolores DiGiacomo. They settled in Amsterdam and had two daughters, Adele and Rose Mary. Thomas worked for Bigelow Sanford and then the Veterans Medical Center in Albany for 25 years. He retired early in 1978 due to the pain and suffering he endured from his Army injuries. He had many surgeries. In 2005 Thomas was presented with his High School Diploma which was for Veteran's of World War II. This was a surprise and he received his diploma by his grandson, Edward Cotugno who was class president at the time. Thomas passed away on January 30, 2008 after a long illness. He was 82 years old.