Col. Roland Ernest SABOURIN

  • "Roland made the old McClellan Aviation museum feel like it..."
    - Joseph Sebastian
  • "Me met Roland through mutual friends and the 49er Ski Club...."
    - Agathe & Gary Carroll
  • "I was one of the many airmen who served under Col. Sabourin..."
    - James Herrick
  • "What a joy it was to know this brave, kind, and..."
    - Roger Gilbert
  • "A grateful nation mourns its loss. Rest in peace, Colonel."
    - Ian Carah

SABOURIN, Col. Roland Ernest
(USAF Ret.)

Col. Roland E. Sabourin was born November 8, 1919 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully, 93 years young, on October 19 in El Dorado Hills. He graduated from Haverhill High School in 1939 and worked as a machinist until joining the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. He was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in May 1943 and flew 33 combat missions with the 8th Air Force in B-24s. After the end of the war he separated from active duty in the Air Corps and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Institutional Administration from the University of New Hampshire. Roland returned to active duty with the U.S. Air Force in 1950, holding numerous flying and staff positions culminating in command of the Strategic Air Commands 544th Aerospace Reconnaissance Technical Wing. Colonel Sabourin's decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
He maintained an active life in retirement and was an avid golfer, skier, fly fisherman and bon vivant. He was a member of the Order of Daedalians, a volunteer at the Aerospace Museum of California and member of the 49er Ski Club, the Elks and SIRS.
Roland was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, the former Genevieve Barbara Ostrowski of North Walpole, N.H., on August 14 of this year. He was a devoted husband and loving father. He is survived by his son Ronald and wife Fran, grandsons Tyson and Ian and one great-grand daughter Kaylee.
There will be a Memorial Service at the Aerospace Museum of California on Wednesday, October 30th at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Roland's memory to the Aerospace Museum of California.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Oct. 29, 2013
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