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COL (RETIRED) SAM ROBERTS

CURRENTLY COL ROBERTS SERVES AS A MEMBER OF THE LOCAL EXECUTIVE BOARD FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA.

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Col. Sam Roberts commemorating his military career at Hall of Honor on the second floor of the Schreiber Gymnasium, where ROTC is headquartered

Colonel Sam A. Roberts, United States Air Force, (Ret.) has had a distinguished 30 year career in the Army Air Corps and U.S. Air Force.  He entered the University of Montana in 1937 on a football scholarship. He received a commission as a Second Lieutenant, in 1941 through the University of Montana ROTC program and soon after was assigned to the Army Air Corps pilot training program.  Obtaining his pilot wings at Mather Field California, he flew B-18A bombers in Albuquerque, NM training bombing pilots and bombardiers.  In 1944 he joined a B-29 Bomb Group being formed for Combat duty in the Pacific Theater, with the 315th Bomb Wing, 20th Air Force under General Curtis LeMay.

Col Roberts commanded a B-29 squadron at Tucson, Arizona until assigned to the Pentagon and prepared for assignment as U.S. Air Attaché to the Government of Burma from 1953-1955.  In the mid-sixties Col Roberts was assigned to SAC Headquarters in Omaha as Director of Strategic Targeting, Joint Strategic Targeting Planning Staff under the Joint Chief of Staff.  In 1967 he was assigned as Deputy Assistance Chief of Staff, Republic of Vietnam Headquarters for MACV in Saigon.

Col Roberts last assignment was Strategic Air Command, Omaha Nebraska in 1970 retiring with over 7000 flying hours.  His numerous awards and decorations include the following:

Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Air Medal- Two Awards, Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit-Two Awards, Republic of Vietnam Distinguished Service Medal, Order of the Knight Theater Ribbons, Three Theaters-Four Battle Stars, Presidential Unit Citation Award-315th Bomb Wing.