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Skeet range history visited;

By Sgt. Phuong Chau | | February 25, 2003

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Family history is significant for most people. One woman's family history will bring her here next week to view a facility named in her uncle's memory.

The Marine Corps Supply Center Albany, Ga., as the base was known at that time, dedicated and opened its skeet range on Feb. 14, 1962, in memory of Maj. Oscar A. Bosma, who served as a motor transport officer here in the 1950s.

Joan Gardner, Bosma's niece, will travel from Mobile, Ala., to visit the Bosma Skeet Range Monday.

"We just think it is remarkable that after 40 years my uncle's memory is still honored," said Gardner.

According to J. Marshall Gardner, Joan's husband, his wife's interest in her family history was re-ignited after her father Verdun Bosma died in August. Searching through family photos, she and other family members found newspaper clippings and photos of the skeet range dedication ceremony.

"I remember hearing about the skeet range as a child," said Gardner. "We all sat around and wondered if it still existed."
Soon thereafter, Gardner and her husband began investigating the status of the Bosma Skeet Range and learned it still existed.
After a family member's death, one tends to search for information about that family member, said Gardner.

"When my father died, it just gave me this desire to learn more about my ancestors," said Gardner.

The Bosma family has a rich history in the military, said Gardner.

Duane Bosma, the Marine major's last surviving brother, served with the Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Gardner's father served in the Army Air Force in the European Theater. 

According to Emblem archives, Bosma was an instrumental part of the base's reforestation program.

Maj. Bosma died in October 1960 at the St. Alban's Naval Hospital in New York City.
Gardner said she looks forward to seeing the skeet range and other parts of the base, such as the many trees here. But the most important aspect of her trip will be reconnecting with her uncle.

After visiting the base, Gardner will go to Providence, R.I., to reunite with one of her father's World War II comrades, who visited her father after 60 years, a month before her father passed away. This will be another leg in her journey to connect with her family history, she said.

"The military service is just a great source of pride for me and my family," said Gardner.

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