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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Edsall Class Type FMR Destroyer Escort
    Keel Laid April 30 1943 - Launched July 15 1943

  1. USS SAVAGE DE-386
    Commissioned October 29 1943 - Decommissioned June 13 1946
    Converted to Radar Picket Escort Ship (DER) October 28 1954, While in reserve

    Recommissioned February 18 1955 - Decommissioned October 17 1969

    Stricken June 1 1975
    Sunk as target October 25 1982 off California

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Savage Covers Page 1    (1945-67)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each incarnation of the ship (ie, for each entry in the "Ship Name and Designation History" section). Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning October 29 1943 to June 13 1946


Locy Type

(Br. #15984)


As DE-386
Ship used only Type z and security branch # devices

2nd Commissioning February 18 1955 to October 17 1969


Locy Type
2(n+) (DER)


As DER-386

Locy Type


As DER-386


Other Information

SAVAGE earned 1 Battle Star for WWII service and 6 Battle Stars for Vietnam service

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons...
Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 6 stars - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation w/ 1 star - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

NAMESAKE - Ensign Walter Samuel Savage Jr. USN (April 26 1919 - December 7 1941)
Savage was killed during the Pearl Harbor attack while serving as Assistant Paymaster on USS ARIZONA BB-39 December 7 1941



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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