ENS Walter Samuel Jr. Savage

Unknown Sailor

ENS Walter Samuel Jr. Savage

Walter Samuel Savage Jr. was a college graduate and had passed the exam to become a certified public accountant by the time he was 19. That was in 1938.

He was a partner in his father’s accounting firm in Monroe, Louisiana 90 miles east of Shreveport until June 1941, when he enlisted in the Navy. He attended the Supply Corps School at Harvard and in September was assigned to the U.S.S. Arizona. He was a new ensign “under instruction” when he was killed on Dec. 7, 1941 in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The U.S.S. Savage (DE-386), a destroyer escort, was commissioned in his memory in 1943 and escorted convoys in the Atlantic before serving in the Pacific in 1945-46, in the mid-1950s as a radar picket ship, and in 1965-68 off Vietnam. 

Mr. Savage was born April 26, 1919 in New Orleans. His mother was Theria Darby Savage.

He was a graduate of Louisiana State University.

Sources: The Monroe News-Star of Monroe, Louisiana; The Times of Shreveport, Louisiana; the Mariners’ Museum Library. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.
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