Mrs. Walter S. Savage, Sr., sponsor of the vessel, was accompanied by Mr. Walter S. Savage, Sr.,  their son  Apprentice  Seaman  John  Savage,  and  their  daughter,  Mrs.  Mary  Hart.

Mrs. Savage had, as her attendants, Mrs. Mary Hart of San Diego, California; matron-of-honor, and Ensign  Lelia  D.  Frazier  of  Washington,  D.  C.  acted  as  her  maid-of-honor.

Mrs. Savage and her attendants were introduced to Naval officers and officials of the company at 10:30 AM,  in  the  conference  room  of  the  Brown  Shipbuilding  Yards.

Escorted by Commander Jessup, United States Navy, the official party was taken to the launching stand amid the thunderous applause of approximately 8,000 people, who gathered there to witness the launching.  The  prominent  guests  were  introduced  to  the  crowd; among  them  was Mrs. Brown, the eighty-five year old mother of the owners of the Brown Shipbuilding Company, who came especially to attend  the  launching  of  the  USS  SAVAGE.

At twelve o'clock, Commander Jessup presented the champagne bottle to Mrs. Savage, who then christened the ship with the following blessing: 

  "May God bless and protect this ship and all the men that sail her.
I christen thee, United States Ship Savage." 

The bottle was broken across her prow, and as the band played "Anchors Aweigh," the ship slowly slid down the way.  As she hit the water, the band broke into  "The  Star-Spangled  Banner." 

As  Mrs.  Savage  and  her  attendants  left  the launching pad, the foreman of the workers presented her with the broken champagne bottle in a miniature sea chest with the name of the ship and date of launching on it.

The members of the party were then taken to the Houston Country Club, where they attended a luncheon in honor of Mrs. Savage.  After the luncheon, Mrs. Brown presented the sponsor with a handsome watch [photo next page].  The Brown Shipbuilding Company presented Mrs. Savage with a lovely arm bouquet of American  Beauty  roses.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Savage, Sr., were invited to attend the commissioning of the USS SAVAGE, at which time  it  was  their  pleasure  to  meet  the  officers  and  men  who  would  sail  her.
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