Sgt. John J. Savage
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John J. Savage''s mother recalls stories from his childhood that showed his distinct interest in the military _ replacing his bed with an Army cot and footlocker, painting his room black with netting on the walls and building a Quonset hut in the backyard. "He loved the military. It was a lifelong dream of his," said his mother, Jacki Park. "He lived it from that age." Savage, 26, of Weatherford, Texas, died Dec. 4 when a suicide bomber in an SUV broadsided his armored vehicle in Mosul. He was assigned to Fort Leonard Wood He spent three years in Germany before deploying to Iraq on his first tour in 2005 before returning home in March of 2007. He was deployed again in September. His mother described him as a charismatic young man with a great sense of fun and who was taught to always look for the brighter side of a situation. "He loved four-wheeler drives, loved automobiles and the outdoors," said Tim Cox, a lifelong friend. Savage also is survived by his 3-year-old daughter, Nicole; and his father, John Savage.

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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Dec. 10, 2008.
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November 21, 2018
We realize that we are very late to express our deepest condolences, but we wanted to let your family and friends know that we will be sending Care Packages to deployed troops this holiday season and several of these will be dedicated to your loved one. Each package will carry the name, photo and hometown of John J. Savage US Army Sergeant.

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We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you safe and strong.

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On Behalf of our US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charlie Gili
April 9, 2018
Always missing you you're a good guy
May 26, 2014
Tara White
December 7, 2013
To the family of SGT Savage,

May God bless and keep you all at this time that marks 5 years since his passing. I served in Iraq with him in the 94th Engineer Battalion. It seems like just yesterday since that awful day. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. His death shocked us all coming at the end of the deployment. I will never forget him.
Thomas Herrera
December 5, 2013
5 years and I still miss you every day. Love, Momma
November 21, 2013
As it comes up on that time of year again I can't stop thinking about what happened 5 years ago it was honor to serve with you but even better to know you
Jason Spaargaren
September 18, 2013
I have not written on here in all this time. I know there are some who would not want me to! I was with Jared for 8 years and he was my first love! I miss him so much but get to see him everyday in our daughter's face! She has his eyes ans his smile! He was taken from us doing what he loved!! He sti comes to me in my dreams and I cherish those times! We did a lot of growing up together in those years! I will always miss you and you will always be remembered!!
Lorin Deeds
February 4, 2013
Every day you are in my thoughts. I love you and miss you baby brother.
December 17, 2012
JJ, you are never far from my thoughts. I miss you...Jon
December 5, 2012
I think of you often, particularly at sunset when I look across the lake at the point, imagining you swimming along with the boat in tow.
Don Fisher
December 4, 2012
I will always miss you!!
Nicole Pollard
December 4, 2012
JJ, Miss you alot. I think about you all the time, wish you were still in my life. Love you.
Randy West
December 4, 2012
Gone but never Forgotten.
December 4, 2012
Dear Son, Although it's a day of sorrow, your memories are always treasured deep within my heart. I miss you and think of you every day. Love,Momma
November 2, 2012
You will be missed dearly brother. It was and allways will be an honer serving with you buddy.
Spc. Michael peters
August 9, 2012
To my fallen brother we will honor you again on Sep 8 2012 with The "Veterans Motorcycle Club Waynesville Mo, Ride for the Fallen" It was a Honor to lead and serve with you in Iraq and I think about you often, “A nation that forgets its heroes will itself be forgotten”.

A portion of the procides from the Ride will go to update a memorial with your name on it in front on the 94th EN BN at Fort Leonard wood
December 4, 2011
To the family and friends of Sgt. John J. Savage:
Please accept my remembrance of John on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
November 11, 2011
Thinking of you a little more you and miss you <3
Lindsay Van Berkom
December 4, 2010
To the family and friends of Sgt. John J. Savage:
Remembering John on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
November 11, 2010
Find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground
Mother earth will swallow you, lay your body down

- always remembering you
Don Fisher
November 10, 2010
Thinking of you little cousin......I am so proud of you.....but my heart is still sad that you are no longer here. I miss you and love you.......
Lindsay Van Berkom
November 7, 2010

Each and every breath of fresh air that we take for granted is made possible because of the sacrifices of heroes like US Army SGT John J Savage. Our most sincere condolences are sent from our Douglasville Georgia home to the family and friends of this American Hero. It is because of his willingness serve in harms way that allow us to live free. He served as a defender of our freedom. He is in heaven now, protecting us every day
We pray that the Lord above lay his healing hands on the family and friends of this Hero and comfort them. Give them the strength to carry on while remembering their fallen Hero evermore. We will keep him in our hearts forever.
August 29, 2010
To the Savage family:
May the comfort from family and friends continue to strengthen you, and may you find comfort in the words found in the Holy Scriptures: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."
May 29, 2010
Remembering you always JJ. Thank you for your service on this Memorial Day holiday.
Don Fisher
March 18, 2010
Happy Belated Birthday Baby Brother! I celebrate the joy Mom felt on the glorious day your were born-I love you much and give you big squeezes-J
March 16, 2010
”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,000 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
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Sincerely and Respectfully,
December 13, 2009
On this day and with each day that we enjoy our freedom, I would like to give thanks and let you know that I do not take our troops for granted. May you experience God when you feel your loss.
Donna Gillette
July 4, 2009
April 16, 2009
To my brother's family: May you find peace in knowing John did not die in vain that he loved his country and the freedom it represents for all. God bless him and god bless you for your loss.
SGT John J. Savage III
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John J Savage III
April 2, 2009
Oh baby boy-I am distraught and overwhelmed with emotions. I have so many things to talk to you about-we have lots to catch up on! I think about the moments that could've been and now (again) I have to wait. I missed getting to hold you for the first time to see your tiny feet and hands and kiss them. To be proud of you-then and now. I admire the man I will never meet-to hug your neck and tell you how much I love you. I sending my hugs to you-I know your getting them-Mom does too. I see you in me-I see you in my family. I feel all the love-you will always have, from so many, for different reasons. Know this, there will come a day when we are together-and the joy and laughter will follow.It's going to be LOUD! I love you baby boy.
Jennifer Stambro
March 26, 2009
i talked with john via email and i have his guest book in my favorites. i talked with a soldier from adopt a us soldier and this soldier mentioned john so i emailed him and we built a friendship from there.

thank god we have such brave men and women fighting for us.
satin modesit
February 16, 2009
Hey JJ its been so many yrs! But the meomries live fresh in my mind everyday! YOur a true hero!! R.I.P buddy!
Alice Pollack
February 12, 2009
Savage, I wish I got to know you better, it was truly an honor to have met was always fun to hear about you from Josh.. he loved to share all the crazy stories about what yall did in Iraq & all the fun you had! I appreciate all youve done for us and i look up to you for all your strength and courage. You are missed by so many...loved by all and will remain in the hearts and memories of everyone!! You are a true hero, my hero!

God bless you and all your family and friends. My prays and thoughts are with you all!
Alyssa Chirillo
February 11, 2009
Dear Jester, I wish now that i had told you this before, from the day i met you, you were my mentor, you have no idea how much you taught me while serving with you. We had a lot of great times i just wish we could have had a lot more. It was a pleasure to work with you, it was an honor to know you.

To Jesters Family, no words can express how sorry i am for your loss or how much the loss of SGT Savage has impacted his unit. John was one of the best soldiers i have ever met, and one of the finest young men I've had the honor of serving with. He is greatly missed and will never be forgotten. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Joshua Quick
February 9, 2009
Dear Jackie and Family,
I am so very sorry it has taken me this long to sign this heart filled book of LOVE and MEMORIES, I had just checked his Myspace tonight so I could see Jared again in the pictures, and remember most of the best times of my life with him and with our friends, thats how I found out about this book. He will be missed so much and NEVER forgotten! I want to say that I'm sorry for your loss and my family and I are keeping all of you in our prayers to help you through this great time of pain. Thank you for this chance for me to say good-bye to a best friend, and also a brother to me and many of us.

Love Always, Matt

Man this is REALLY tough to write, but here it goes. J.J., I want to start by saying that I love you very much and it sucks that I had never gotten the chance to talk to you much, you were always in my thoughts though, never forgotten bro! I think this is how I will get to say my good-byes to my best friend, sorry couldn't make it to your resting place, but I think you would of understood and would have forgiving me right? I bet it was the best!! You probaly didn't know this, but I looked up to you all the time, you were not only a friend but a brother to me Burzzz!! I'm crying to much I can barely see the screen through these tears, so I will let you go and may you RIP brother, I LOVE YOU so much, I will never let myself forget you and the best memories and the many things you taught me. This is good-bye Silburzz, I know I will see you again one day.

Poo Poo Head
Matthew Arnold
February 9, 2009
I am so glad that I got the chance to know you and call you family!! You will be greatly missed!!
Love you!!
Jaclyn Lyons
February 9, 2009
Jared and I in Vilseck, Germany
Hey Bro,

I really miss you dude I think about you every single day I've started to have dreams just about every other day with you in them or something about you. It's Febuary now I just turned 24 on the 4th and next month on the 4th is your birthday can't help to still be in denial with everything but I guess It'll get better in time. I miss the times we shared I miss the times we were going to share. You and I were close closer than anyone I've ever known. You helped me in so many ways. I survived the military because of you and I've learned many of life's lessons. You listened to me when others wouldn't you gave me advice on things when others wouldn't even if it was the cold hard truth you were always straight forward but thats what everyone loved about you. Always straight up and honest.
I wouldn't be the person I am today if it wasn't for you. Jared Thank you for everything!!!

Dan Conerd
February 9, 2009
Dear Jackie and Family
I'm so sorry for your loss. I met Jared while he was in Germany and sold him his red Mustang. Man he loved that car. My husband is also in the Army.

i miss talking to you and our crazy conversations about the most random things. You always knew how to make me laugh. I don't think I ever saw you not smiling or in a bad mood. You saw something good in everything. And you had your heart in the right place. Rest in Peace my friend. I will never forget you and your country is very proud of you.
Ivonne Taylor
February 9, 2009
I knew of JJ since he was only 3 years old and I've always thought of him as a brother. I will miss him.

Each time we communicated while he was in the military, I always told him to just stay safe! Sometimes thats not always possible, and what I failed to recognize at that time was that I already was talking with a hero. JJ dreamed of being a soldier and he saw that dream through.

"Cowards die many times before their deaths, The valiant never taste of death but once."
Troy Adams
February 9, 2009
It was a honnor to know a guy like you buddy. we had alot of good times and alot of laughs. we were alike in alot of ways. You were a awesome guy to know and me and the boy's miss you alot. "To your family and friends, your in our prayers"
Blair Gagnon
February 9, 2009
Good Bye Schatzi!!
Jacki, i m so sorry for your loss.
Jared was a great friend and he will always be in my heart and be with me wherever i ll go. i ll treasure every memory i have of being around him and his best friend in Germany! we had the best times and i ll never forget!
my thoughts are with you all...
love <3 cat
Catharina Lane
February 3, 2009
My Heart and thoughts are with you, If I can help just by listening or just being there, please let me know. You're very special to me, and I care about you so very much. My prayers for comfort during this hard time goes to you and your family. I only wish I was there but I just now found out. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. my number is (940)859-6509
Elizabeth Johnson
January 20, 2009
We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families. War does not discriminate – It breaks my heart to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,300 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at or go to If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Kenna Larra
January 8, 2009
Prayer for Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Stephanie Rafoss
January 5, 2009
JJ, you are in my thoughts every day and thanks to your wishes to be cremated you are literally with me everywhere I go. It has been a month since your death and when you enter my head it's not just sorrow I feel, some joy comes with my memories of you. The sadness will never go away but will fade into happiness when I think of you. I miss you so much. I love you Bro.
Randy West
January 4, 2009
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. There are no words to say that can help. Bubba was a hero before he lost his life. We just have to remember that, and thank him for giving his life to save ours.
James and Peggy
January 4, 2009
It is truly a honor to be your oldest sister. I remember cuddling you when you were only minutes old and will never forget holding your hand long after your last breath. You lived more in your 26 years than I will in my whole life. Not every road was smooth nor every hill steep. I'm just so glad I was with you for such an irreplacable journey. My love for you will never cease. Eric Clapton says it so. Please reference, "Tears In Heaven", for my close. Love you always, Jo.
Joenell West
January 4, 2009
Dear, Sgt. J.J. Savage, There are so many words I could say but they Will never add up to the man you had become. I will miss everything about you!! I will never forget you and what you did for me. until we meet again J.J. Love always no matter what oxoxox ps. Mom Thank you I love you...
Nicole Pollard
January 3, 2009
It's almost been a month since you were killed. I still can't believe you are gone. You were not just my brother, you were my friend. Someone I could tell anything and you would never judged me, you always had my back. You were more than a brother, you are my HERO. You helped me in so many ways, big and small. I miss you. The way you would hug me so tight that i couldn't breath, our wrestling matches, doing donuts on the base, and all the little silly things we use to do and say to each other. I hope you know much you mean to me. How much you helped me. How you helped me break free. I love you and miss you GREATLY.

Always in my heart,
Jamie Barker
December 31, 2008
To the family and friends of fallen hero SGT Savage....I am so deeply sorry for your loss. May God bring you peace and comfort during this very difficult time. He will not be forgotten. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Janice Oswald
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