WWII Veterans Frank & Bob Savage Honored As Reds’ Hometown Heroes
By Travis Thayer
Frank (left) and Bob Savage. Photos provided.
(Cincinnati, Oh.) – Two Lawrenceburg brothers were among several tri-state area Veterans to be honored by the Cincinnati Reds on the anniversary of D-Day.
Frank and Bob Savage were honored as the Cincinnati Bell Reds’ Hometown Heroes on June 6. Last Tuesday marked the 73rd anniversary of the historic invasion on the beaches of Normandy, France.
Following their introduction to the crowd, the Savage’s were interviewed by Fox Sports Ohio and Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Jim Day.
U.S. Army Major Frank Savage was a member of the 31st Infantry Division and served in the South Pacific, including New Guinea from 1942-45. Frank, 95, currently spends his free time playing golf.
His brother, Bob, 92, served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946. He also joined the Naval Reserves between 1947 and 1950. During his time in uniform, Bob was a part of many historic occasions. In 1945, he was on the USS Springfield CL 66 that transported President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Malta for a conference with Russian Premier Joseph Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Bob also saw time at Pearl Harbor, and participated in raids against the Japanese islands of Kyushu, Honshu, and Okiinawa.
The Savage brothers were among a group of eight World War II heroes to be honored by the Cincinnati Reds on June 6. The entire group received a police escort to Great American Ball Park.