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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 59

(By Delegates Hott, Rowan, Howell, B. Ward, Jennings, Pritt, Kimes, D. Jeffries, Ferrell, Reynolds, and Conley)

[February 10, 2022]

 

Requesting the Division of Highways name bridge number 29-093/00-003.42  (29A054), locally known as Claysville Bridge, carrying WV 93 over New Creek in Mineral County, the “U.S. Warrant Officer James Gilbert Bosley Memorial Bridge”.

Whereas, Warrant Officer James Gilbert Bosley was born on March 15, 1946, in nearby Elk Garde but raised in New Creek, West Virginia, by his aunt and uncle after his father’s death; and

Whereas, Bosley was a member of the 1965 class of Keyser High School where he served as Student Council President and was voted the “Most Popular Boy” in his graduating class; and

Whereas, Bosley was an excellent student, athlete, leader, and nominee for the J. Edward Kelly Award; and

Whereas, Bosley organized a Boy Scouts Troop at the Rees Chapel of New Creek, West Virginia, where he worshiped; and

Whereas, Since Bosley loved his country, he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War; and

Whereas, Bosley became a helicopter pilot and served in Vietnam where he was assigned as a pilot for Secretary of State Robert McNamara and Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge; and

Whereas, Bosley was killed in a helicopter crash on September 2, 1967, when his UH-ID “Huey” helicopter crashed during a monsoon like storm when he was returning unit leaders from a staff meeting to their men who had unexpectedly come under fire in the field; and

Whereas, Bosley was only 21 years old at the time of his death; and

Whereas, Bosley was award the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Army Presidential Unit Citation, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross, and the Army Good Conduct Medal; and

Whereas, Bosley is laid to rest in the Queens Meadow Point Cemetery in Keyser, West Virginia; and

Whereas, Bosley paid the ultimate sacrifice for the State of West Virginia and the United States of America and his service and sacrifice shall never be forgotten; therefore, be it

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Division of Highways name bridge number 29-093/00-003.42  (29A054), locally known as Claysville Bridge, carrying WV 93 over New Creek in Mineral County, the “U. S. Army Warrant Officer James Gilbert Bosley Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the bridge as the “U.S. Army Warrant Officer James Gilbert Bosley Memorial Bridge”; and, be it

Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House forward a copy of this resolution to the Commissioner of the Division of Highways.

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