2LT Godfrey Joseph Savard
Company A, 339th Infantry Regiment,
85th Infantry Division, 5th Army
-- Bill Chiodo --
Godfrey J. Savard - born 6/28/15 Quebec, Canada - died 10/22/45 Leghorn(Livorno), Italy.
Entered military service in Hartford, Connecticut. Served at Fort Devens, Massachusetts,
Camp Fannin, Texas and Fort George Meade, Maryland.
Joined the 339th(Polar Bear) Infantry Regiment of the 85th Infantry Division in March 1944 in time
for the breakout Diadem offensive of May 11, 1944 from Cassino via Anzio to Rome(June 4/5, 1944) and
subsequently to Bologna and the Swiss border area by war's end.
Promoted from Private to Technical Sergeant by March 16, 1945, when he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant
in the field. Awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, the Purple
Heart and the French Croix d'Guerre - with Palm.
Served with great distinction in the Rome/Arno and the North Appennines campaigns in Italy.
Transferred to the 703rd Petroleum Distribution Company in July, 1945 after serving with his old
Infantry Regiment after graduation from OCS, until they rotated home at the end of the war.
Circumstances surrounding his death are in dispute. Buried with honor at the US Military Cemetery,
Florence, with his comrades.
In Their Memory,