“Command had fallen to a 21-year-old buck sergeant, Ernie Savage of Birmingham, Alabama. . Please try again. Ernest Chauncey Savage, Jr., age 83, of Crosslands Communities, son of Ernest C. Savage and Jane Bell Yeatman Savage, died on October 26, 2007. In four days and nights of fighting in November 1965, 234 of Ernie Savage's comrades in the First Air Cavalry Division died. The final word went to James Scott of Columbus, Ga., retired Cav sergeant-major, six bronze stars and three purple hearts.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Tower Hill School at the above address. And we did.". "On the radio, we were being told to hang on because help would be awhile getting to us. Now, 27 years later almost to the day, Sergeant Savage -- everybody still called him "sergeant" -- had gathered in a hotel ballroom with the other members of the Ia Drang Alumni Association for a bittersweet night of reminiscing.

He enlisted in the United States Army and served from 1943-46, first in the A.S.P.T.

"This is a healing experience that I've needed for 27 years," Mr. Alley said.

And he's gone. He retired in 1986. With that background recording, memories came crashing back.

He went to Princeton University in June 1942 and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1948.

SAVAGE (South Queensferry) Margaret, Barbara and Ernie wish to express their sincere thanks to friends and family for the many cards, floral tributes and support following the sad loss of their His voice kept choking up and the words just wouldn't come. As a second lieutenant, he led a platoon in the Ia Drang and then went on to become a colonel before retiring a couple of years ago to a home in New York City. What will you miss most about Ernie Savage. Here there were only survivors. "You hold him in your arms and you say to him -- it's all you can say to him -- you say: 'You're not alone, son.

In Vietnam, it never got any worse than it did in the Ia Drang, a distant valley in the Central Highlands, tangled in elephant grass and simmering in heat.

His voice kept choking up and the words just wouldn't come.
At Christ Church Christiana Hundred, he served on the vestry and as Keyman and President of the West Side Larger Parish. We were plain men, trying to survive.".

Veterans' Journal; Back to a Valley of Death, With Love. Add the email addresses of friends or family members you'd like to notify about this obituary. ", See the article in its original context from. Now that's discipline. He enjoyed golf at Biderman Golf Club and at the Ausable Club in the Adirondacks and tennis and paddle tennis at Vicmead Hunt Club. at Auburn University, Alabama, and then in the 106th Infantry Division from 1944-46 in the Battle of the Bulge. Everybody there had been in that place -- the Ia Drang.

Generous donations at end of service of £700.69 to St Columba's Hospice. But after a bit, we realized that we had held on, we'd managed, and we just figured, 'Well, we're going to make it.' Ernie Savage, sergeant 1st class, United States Army, retired, was having a hard time of it.

Now 70 years old, out of uniform the better part of 15 years and living in Crested Butte, Colo., he still looks poised to leap from the skids of a hovering helicopter and, with Joseph L. Galloway, a Washington journalist who was in the Ia Drang, has just completed a book about the campaign, "We Were Soldiers Once . The whisky was flowing, along with the tears and laughter, and these veterans, most nearing 50, some missing an arm or leg, many with the combat infantryman's badge pinned to lapels, were fumbling along with the old sergeant from Columbus, Ga., for words. Suddenly the room filled with the sound of whirling helicopter blades -- thump-thump-thump-thump-thump. "They forced someone to take it from them. Sergeant Ernie Savage's precise placement of artillery throughout the siege of the "Lost Platoon" enabled the platoon to survive the long ordeal. Even though his unit was surrounded and cut off and losses were so heavy that he eventually ended up commanding it, he got his men out. In addition he is survived by 2 sisters, Jane Savage Roberts of Newtown Square, PA, and Anne Savage Barnum of Greenwich, CT. A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Saturday November 3, 2007, at the Auditorium of Tower Hill School 2813 West 17th Street, Wilmington, DE 19806. and Young" (Random House).

His hobbies also included reading and bridge, and he was a devoted follower of the Phillies and the other Philadelphia sports teams.

SAVAGE (South Queensferry) Margaret, Barbara and Ernie wish to express their sincere thanks to friends and family for the many cards, floral tributes and support following the sad loss of their dear dad, Ernie. he began, a distant fix in his eyes.

Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. He attended Germantown Friends School before graduating from the Pomfret School, Pomfret, CT in 1942. Looking for an obituary for a different person with this name? Then it was time to go. Share memories or express condolences below. "Well," he stammered, "well, I'm, I'm just going to keep on till I finish. Harold G. Moore, a retired lieutenant general who, as a lieutenant colonel, led the Cav into the Ia Drang, took the floor. You're not alone.' This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996.