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Some historical information on The USS SAVAGE is from the personal archive of Gerald O. Day. Information has been verified through many U. S. Naval sources; including telephone interviews (in late 1999) with shipmates who were onboard the USS SAVAGE during World War II - Mr. Francis (Bud) Levitzki, Mr. Patrick Grasso, Mr. Otha Harper, Mr. Wesley W. Hicks, Mr. Claude Rankey, Mr. Bill Chase, Mr. Edwin F. Hopfgarten, Jr., and Mr. Rollins W. Coakley.
Mr. Rollins W. Coakley, former Historian for the USS SAVAGE, was kind enough to provide me with copies of his extremely extensive personal archive for inclusion in this site. Mr. Coakley served aboard the SAVAGE in WWII and kept impeccable records on the ship. Without his contribution, much of this site would not have been possible.
The family of Ensign Walter S. Savage has reviewed this website for historical accuracy. Walter's brother, John, has supplied me with a vast amount of information and personal photographs. He and his wife, Caroline, were kind enough to search through their family mementos and contribute a large amount of new information. I am extremely appreciative of their support and interest in my work, and I am forever grateful for their friendship.
The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships was used to cross-reference details of the USS SAVAGE. Published by the Naval History Division, Department of the Navy, Washington, D. C. (1976).
I have also spent countless hours at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland pouring over historical documents concerning The USS SAVAGE.
Chartlet showing wreck site of The USS SAVAGE was compiled and drawn by Diane C. Day. Sources are listed on this page.
"Gray rope" clipart utilized throughout the site was created by the webmaster.
Mr. Gene Parker contributed a photograph of the USS SAVAGE sailing into San Diego Harbor in April of 1946. Thank you, Mr. Parker.
Ron Warner was the first to contribute photographs from his years aboard the SAVAGE. I thank Ron very much for this contribution, and for his continuing friendship.
Mr. Ed Russell contributed the 1955 Recommissioning Ceremony booklet and personal photographs. I am very grateful for this material.
Special thanks to Mel Kowal, who served aboard the SAVAGE from 1954 - 1957, for allowing me to post his pictures and link to his site. Mel, I appreciate your continued support and contributions.
I am most appreciative of the contributions of Maryjane Stelmach Honner. She generously donated "priceless" photographs of WWII crewmembers and her father, Tom Honner.
Vincent J. Corsano (Vinnie) has also donated a photograph of his father, James L. Corsano. Vinnie, thank you.
I am extremely grateful to Morrie J. Stein (a WWII Plank Owner) for generously sharing his photos from his days aboard the SAVAGE. These photographs are extremely rare. Morrie has also become a great friend.
Many thanks to Ernie Velez, who served aboard the SAVAGE during her Vietnam years. Ernie was kind enough to provide a biography of himself, and also provided rare photographs from his personal collection. I am extremely grateful to Ernie for his wonderful contributions.
I owe an extreme debt of gratitude to Mr. Daniel P. Farley. He was aboard the SAVAGE during WWII. Mr. Farley was kind enough to send me an extreme amount of "priceless" material from his personal archive. Many of these articles are "one of a kind."
Mr. Gene Hansen who served on the SAVAGE from 1956 - 1957 contributed "awesome" photos from his personal collection. I am very grateful to have these.
Many thanks to Gene and Linda Hansen for all their contributions to this site. Linda has contributed several "one of a kind" finds to this site.
A very special "thank you" to Nikki Savage (no relation to the family of Walter Savage) for being my editor and for her caring and mentoring in the very early stages of this website.
I owe a great debt of gratitude to Everett Roush and Ev Kytonen for gifting me with a "once in a lifetime" find - a ship's plaque from the DER-386. I had the pleasure of talking with both gentlemen and they were both so supportive of this site. I thank you both.
A great debt of gratitude also goes out to Dr. John A. Knesel of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He added invaluable information concerning Walter Savage's college years. He was kind enough to contact me and ask if I would like to have the materials he had come across. I am most appreciative of his efforts. In March of 2005, Captain Robert C. Peniston, USN (Ret.), was kind enough to write the Introduction to this site. The USS SAVAGE Reunion Association is forever indebted to their former Captain for providing them with an historical account of the SAVAGE. Captain Peniston also provided this site with a wonderful narrative about his era as Skipper of the SAVAGE. We are forever grateful to Captain P. for his generous contributions.
Thanks to all who have contributed photographs and/or biographies from their personal collections for inclusion in this site. All of these are truly "one of a kind" finds.