Gerald Evans Bozeman

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July 4, 1935 ~ January 1, 2023

Born in: Charlotte, North Carolina
Resided in: Lilburn, Georgia

Gerald Evans Bozeman, Colonel, USAF, retired, age 87 passed away on January 1, 2023.

Col. Bozeman, a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran, was born on July 4, 1935. He was the third son of James Brunson Bozeman and Annie Brasington Bozeman of Lancaster, SC. A 1954 graduate of Lancaster High School and a 1957 graduate of The Citadel. He served proudly as a Combat Pilot, Operations Officer, and later as Commander in several flying and training assignments. He retired in 1985 after 28 years of service and subsequently held several leadership and operations management positions under civilian employ.

Col. Bozeman’s, military decorations include: the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Fly Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 devices, Air Medal with 7 devices, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 6 devices, Air Force Overseas Service, Long Tour Ribbon, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with device, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

These and many other air combat awards were earned in flying and operations support of the Vietnam War in the KC135A, C130E, and the B52D and E models. He was a founding member of the American Air Museum in Britain, a life member of The Order of the Daedalians, a member of The Distinguished Flying Cross Society, The Citadel Alumni Association and the Air Force Association.

Col. Bozeman is survived by his wife of 47 years, Laurie Evans Bozeman, and three daughters, Katherine “Roxann” Bozeman Duva, of CA, Caroline Bozeman Hotmer (Roger Hotmer) of Flowery Branch, GA and Meredith Bozeman Myers (Jeremy Myers) of Lilburn, GA; grandchildren Brandon Hotmer, Christina Hotmer, Mikaela Myers and Wilkes Myers; best friends Mayson Callaway and Jeremy Myers.

The family will receive friends and family to celebrate The Colonel’s life at the Bozeman Residence on January 21, 2023, from 1pm to 3pm.

Contributions in lieu of flowers will be accepted and appreciated by The Citadel Alumni Association, 171 Moultrie St, Charleston SC 29409-6130 or the charity of your choice.

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    • CandleImageI will always remember you Grandpa. Thank you for the memories of our talks in your living room. Thank you for loving me for me.

  1. CandleImageWe are all so very sad but grateful to have had such a good friend for so very long…
    Our Condolences to the entire Bozeman family…
    Mayson (Citadel Classmate ’57 and best friend forever) and Cathy Callaway, Gus and Lisa Callaway

  2. CandleImageHe was such a loving and special man. I was aware of his life in the service but had no idea of his many accomplishments. He will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to friends and family.

  3. Col Boz was the kindest, most patient human being. I never had a bad conversation with him. I feel lucky I got to know him and Laurie over the last couple of years. Rest in peace, Col!

  4. Col, Bozeman’s aunt was my second grade teacher and lifelong friend, Always enjoyed talking Boz about growing up in Kershaw and attending The Citadel. He was a good man and it was an honor to have known him.

  5. Mr. Bozeman was the father of one of the best people on this planet, Meredith Myers. I’m grateful to him for shaping such an amazing woman.

  6. Laid you to rest this past weekend with your Mom and Brother on a rainy, peaceful Veterans Day. Very fitting, I believe. Good, Good. G’night. Know Your biggest fan is tearfully missing you like crazy. Love you, SQ

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