Soldier Honored: Scott A. Saboe
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: Chief Warrant Officer 2
Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Scott A. Saboe of Willow Lake, South Dakota was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He joined the Army in September of 1989, following in the footsteps of his father, Arlo, who was a decorated Vietnam War veteran. He was considered the “best and brightest pilot we had,” by Captain John Butora of the 101st Airborne Division. On November 15, 2003 over a residential suburb in Mosul, Iraq, a pair of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters collided in mid-air. It appeared that one of the aircrafts was hit on the tail wing by a rocket-propelled grenade. CWO2 Saboe was piloting one of the helicopters and died in the crash at the age of 33.
A graduate of Willow Lake High School , Scott Saboe played center on the football team and was on the basketball and track teams. He enlisted in September 1989 and was married in October of 1994. Three years later they added a son to the family. Some of his fondest moments were spent hunting, fishing and spending quality time with family. He was selected to become a warrant officer and was an honor graduate at Ft. Rucker. CWO2 Saboe was a serious, committed man who planned a career in the military. Some of his decorations include: the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal and numerous others. CWO2 Saboe was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
His wife and son are both Folds of Honor scholarship recipients.