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General William Morris Hoge (January 13, 1894 – October 29, 1979) was a United States Army officer who fought in World War I, World War II and the Korean War, with a military career spanning nearly forty years.
Early life and military career
William M. Hoge was born on the campus of Kemper Military School in Boonville, Missouri, where his father, William McGuffey Hoge, served as principal. The family migrated to Lexington, Missouri, where his father purchased an ownership interest and served as principal and superintendent at Wentworth Military Academy in 1905. He received an appointment to the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York, after graduating from Wentworth in 1911 and doing a postgraduate year in New York. He joined the Engineer Branch of the United States Army in June 1916 and was later promoted to the Engineer Branch of the United States Army. His classmates included Horace L. McBride, Stanley Eric Reinhart, Fay B. Prickett, Calvin DeWitt Jr., Dwight Johns, Wilhelm D. Styer, and Robert Neyland. During World War I, Hoge commanded a company of the 7th Engineer Regiment at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, from 1917 to 1918.
During World War I, Hoge was lauded by General John J. Pershing, Commander-in-Chief of the American Expeditionary Force on the Western Front for brave service under fire as a battalion commander during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.
Hoge graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the United States Army Command and General Staff College during the war years.