Retired Army Gen. William M. Hoge, 85, who supervised construction of the Alaska Highway and whose troops captured the Remagen bridge over the Rhine River in World War II, died of an internal hemorrhage Monday at Munson Army Hospital in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Gen. Hoge was born in Boonville, Mo. He graduated from the Military Academy at West Point in 1916 and was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers. He saw action in World War I, World War II and the Korean conflict. He was commander of the U.S. Army in Europe before his retirement in 1955.
During the early stages of World War II, he was in charge of the Alaska Highway through Alaska and Canada. He then was transferred to Europe where he commanded a special engineer brigade that participated in the D-Day landings on Omaha Beach in Normandy.
Later, he commanded an armored division and then Combat Command B. Troops of this command captured the Remagen bridge intact on March 7, 1945. This famous episode enabled Allied troops to make their first crossing of the Rhine in the war.
After the war, Gen. Hoge commanded the engineer replacement center at Fort Belvoir and occupation troops in Trieste, Italy. He also was a corps commander in the Korean conflict until 1953, when he became commander of the 7th Army in Europe. He later was promoted to four-star rank and comand of all Army forces in Europe.
Gen. Hoge joined the Interlake Iron Co. in Cleveland, after leaving the Army. He was chairman of the board at the time of his second retirement in 1965. In 1975, he moved to Easton, Kan., to live with a son, retired Army Col. George F. Hoge.
His wife, the former Nettie Fredendall, died in 1959.
In addition to Col. Hoge, survivors include another son, retired Lt. Col. William M. Hoge, of Pullman, Wash.; a brother, Benjamin F., of Alexandria; six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to a charity of one's choice.