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Biography
Clifford Savage Clifford Savage and wife
Van-Dorn, MS, 1943 50th Wedding Aniversary, Dec. 31, 1998
Last Name: 
SAVAGE
First Name Middle Initial:
CLIFFORD F
Nick Name:
CLIFF
Street:  7615 BROOKSBERRY RD City & State: OLIVE BRANCH, MS E-Mail:  savagecf4@msn.com
Zip: 38654 Phone:  (662) 895-6675 Spouse: DORIS R
Conflict: WW 11 Service Branch: ARMY Unit: CO M 393 INF 99 DIV
Theater: ETO Where Captured: BATTLE of the BULGE Date Captured: 12/16/44
Camps Held In: MOOSBURG- WORK DETAIL-AND ONE OTHER CAMP I DON'T REMEMBER THE NAME OF IT- AND WAS ON THE ROAD FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS, How Long Interned: 134 days
Liberated / repatriated: liberated Date Liberated: 04/29/45 Age at Capture: 25
Medals Received: PURPLE HEART- POW- GOOD CONDUCT-AMERICAN THEATER SERVICE RIBBON-WORLD WAR 11 VICTORY RIBBON-EUROPEAN AFRICAN MIDDLE EASTERN SERVICE RIBBON-
Military Job: MACHINE GUNNER Company: SELF EMPLOYED
Occupation after War:  PAINT & DRYWALL CONTRACTOR


 

Bio:

This will be a brief history of my life for the first nearly eighty years that I have lived.  Don't know how the next eighty will be ha!  First I want to praise our Lord Jesus Christ for his many blessings that he has given my family and me over the years. Without him I would be nothing.  I was born in Lafayette County near Oxford MS on December 30th 1919 to John T. Savage and Sudie Lee McDougall Savage. I was the fourth child born out of five children to them.  They was living at Union West at that time.  My mother died when I was two years old. When I was about three we moved to the Orwood community.  I was living on a farm known as the cook place.  We raised cotton-corn-soy beans-etc.  We was living there during the depression so life on the farm wasn't all that great at that time, but we made a living and was happy for we didn't know any better it was some tough times tho.  Then in 1939 I joined the CCC and was in it for two years, after I got out of the CCC I came to Memphis got a job at a mop factory starting at eighteen dollars a week.  That was big money for me.  I bought a car after about four months.  I was really living high on the hog.  Then in November 1942 I was drafted in the army at Ft. Oglethorpe GA.  Then I was sent to Camp Van Dorn, MS. And was assigned to the 99th infantry division.  I took my basic training there and went on maneuvers in LA. And on to Camp Maxey TX. for advanced training.  Then in August 44 we left for Europe.   Went to England, then to France on to Belgium where we got our first combat experience in early November 44.  We was in a defensive position along the Siegfried line on Dec. 6th when the Battle of the Bulge started our position was near Krinkelt.  Our platoon was attached to K-393 so we was surrounded by the Germans and had to surrender to them.  Before long, we also had to carry their wounded and dead soldiers back to their bunkers until about night, then was put on box cars.  I was on that for four days with out food or water.  We went on to a POW camp at Moosburg, after we were there for about two weeks me and some of my friends went on a work detail. Then as the Americans was advancing they made us march on the road until the Americans overtook us on April 29th 1945. After about three weeks I headed home got home in June 45 was discharged in November 45 as a sergeant.  I married Doris Renfrow on Dec.31 1948.  We lost our first baby in Sept. 49 then we had five more, - Donna was born in 51 - Joe in 53 - David in 54 - Ricky in 56 - Rhonda in 60.  Now we have seventeen grandchildren and one great granddaughter as of right now. I wonít attempt to name all of them, they are all wonderful people and I love them very much. I retired in 1982 as a paint and dry wall contractor.  I am still in pretty good health for which I thank God for.   

Clifford F. Savage 8/26/99.


 

Message to Future Generations:

To the future generations: I donít feel like I am qualified to give expert advice to any one, but I will say what I think about our country, just imagine what this USA would be like now if the young men and women of the 1940ís had not answered the call to defend America.  We would probably be speaking a different language and wouldn't have any freedom at all, this is by far the greatest country in the world, so I say to the younger generation of America let's keep it that way, have faith in God and be ready at all times to give your life if necessary to keep America as it is today. 

Clifford Savage --8/26/99 --- 

 P.S.  The freedom that we have in America today was not free.



 

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