Roy Savage, Jr. Interview, October 4, 2020


Roy Savage Jr.


Christian Newby



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Roy Savage describes his experiences serving in the United States Navy as an operation specialist and ships rescue swimmer during the 1990s. He talks about his basic training in San Diego and how much he enjoyed it. Savage discusses being in the first battle group on station after Kuwait was invaded and how they set up Operation Desert Shield. He recalls how his military training prepared him for civilian life by instilling a sense of discipline, teamwork, and honor. He notes that the transition to civilian life was difficult for him and negatively affected his mental health. Savage talks about finding classes on mindfulness and meditation which help him manage his stress, and how it led him to start the Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program in Missoula, Montana. He discusses how much he appreciated his time in the Navy.


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Document Type

Oral History


Higher Education—Montana; University of Montana—Missoula; U.S. Military; U.S. Armed forces; Military veterans; War veterans; Basic training; Post-traumatic stress disorder; Mindfulness therapy

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Missoula (Mont.); Kuwait



Original Collection

The Veteran’s Experience Oral History Project, OH 472

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Holder

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 472-018

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (00:33:03): digital + 1 transcript (12 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:33:03 minutes

Local Filename

OH_472_018.mp3; OH_472_018.pdf

Roy Savage, Jr. Interview, October 4, 2020