Ross Davidson

Feb 10, 1921 - May 5, 2012


Ross Davidson, a retired Air Force Colonel and veteran pilot serving during three wars, passed away Saturday at the age of 91.

He died of complications related to congestive heart failure according to his son, Mark.

Col. Davidson retired in 1970 as Director of Operations for the 552nd AWACS Unit at McClellan AFB. As a B-17 pilot during W WII he was highly decorated for his 35 bombing missions, mostly over heavily defended Nazi Germany. He was also a combat pilot during the Vietnam War.

In the early 1950’s, he was selected as Project Officer for building the very successful and expensive Distant Early Warning (DEW Line) radar system across the entire northern hemisphere from Alaska to Iceland.

Col. Davidson was born in 1921 in near Birmingham. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and successfully earned his pilot’s wings for heavy bombers.

He moved to Carmichael area in 1962 and was active with the Carmichael Chamber as President and member of their Board of Directors and was many years voted the Honorary Mayor of Carmichael.

Many public service honors and awards have be bestowed upon Mr. Davidson from the California Senate and Assembly, US Senate and Congress, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.

Col. Davidson was married for 58 years to the former Micky Davis until her death in 2005.

He will be greatly missed by his sons Mark and Tim; daughter-in-law, Karen; in addition to four grandchildren; Samuel, Gina, Tyler and wife Danielle and Mary and husband Dusty Brown; along with seven great-grandchildren.

The interment will at 10:00 am on May 15th at East Lawn Memorial Park, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento with a memorial service following at 11:00 am. Remembrances can be made to the Aerospace Museum of California at McClellan Park,

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