Originally Published: November 10, 2015 8:11 p.m.
Alfred P. Savage
City of Residence: Prescott, Arizona
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Dates of Service: November 1942 to November 1945.
He was Pfc. - according his discharge papers, he turned down promotions during his service. Alfred served in the North Africa Campaign and then in the Anzio Landing and the Italian Campaign. He was an expert in behind-the-lines demolition - and was awarded many honors and medals for his bravery. He was caught by the Italian Army; they thought he was a German posing as an American, since he was tall and blonde and blue-eyed. Held for five days and according to him questioned about the American forces coming their way. He and the other four men escaped after five days, not before accomplishing their mission. They were all given commendations for bravery and the Soldier Medal and European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the Distinguished Service Cross and the World War II Victory Medal.
One thing I can say is that my Dad never talked about what he did during the war, only when it was necessary, to fellow veterans. It was when he was in the Prescott VA that he gave moral support to the younger men in there with his war actions and how he coped. That is why they are the Greatest Generation!