Local WWII vet bowls and creates art
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Local 12 joined veterans on an Honor Flight recently to visit war memorials in Washington D.C.
There was one World War II veteran on the flight named Frank Savage and everyone wanted to know more about the infantry officer.
Local 12's Deborah Dixon paid him a visit and came back with quite a story.
Frank Savage was honored at the World War II memorial in DC for his service in the US Army infantry.
"Doctor said ‘Get on that plane and see the memorial because you'll never forget it…’ I'm glad I made the trip,” said Frank.
Frank is 96-years-old. It’s not surprising he used a wheelchair for the 16-hour day, but when you visit him in Lawrenceburg you’ll find that Frank is a regular at the local bowling alley: Durbin Bowl
Frank drives himself to the bowling alley and lives on his own. He and his brother Bob, who is a World War II Navy veteran, sometimes exchange war stories.
"We were on shakedown cruise… first trip to Cape Hateras,” said Bob.
They both grew up in Lawrenceburg, and are both sons of a World War I veteran.
Frank and his wife Ruth also raised their five sons there, too.
"I was so surprised at the attention given to World War II veterans… never experienced that in my life,” said Frank. “[I’m just a] little county boy…”
Just a little country boy that saw combat and received a bronze star and commendation ribbon for the Pacific Theater. The memorabilia helps tell many stories.
"These are Insignia Infantry… the cross rifles. This is spread eagle… [a] hat [an] officer wears,” said Frank. "93rd Division insignia here [points to the insignia]."
The 93rd Division was the only all African-American Infantry Division.
"I was given a choice at the time… took it… I went back to New Guinea and joined them,” said Frank.
World War II is what Frank talks about if you ask him, but he has other interests such as his computer, golf, and his art.
His art is now on display at the local library.
More than a thousand people waited for the veterans to come home from the Honor Flight.
“It's something I’ll never forget,” said Frank. “I think about that before I go to bed at night.”