Louis Cleveland Bozeman, of Ocean Isle Beach, died Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at the age of 80.
As a U.S. Navy veteran with more than 38 years service and a member of Old Shallotte Baptist Church, he served his country and community with pride and dedication.
Bozeman was born in Bladenboro on Nov. 18, 1934. Beginning in 1952, he began what would prove to be a distinguished and exemplary military career. His duty stations included Hampton, Virginia; San Antonio; Glendale, Arizona; Orly Field, France; Paris, France; Pope Air Force Base, Little Creek, Virginia; Bainbridge, Maryland; Saudi Arabia; Mayport, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; NAS Whiting Field, Florida; Norfolk, Virginia; RAF Mildenhall, England; Patuxent River, Maryland; Pensacola, Florida; and Sigonella, Sicily. In 1988 he retired from the position of command master chief of NAS Mayport, Florida.
Servicing his country during times of conflict, from Korea to Vietnam during the Cold War, Bozeman served with distinction on the USS Casa Grande, the USS Valcour, the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt and the USS America. His outstanding performances led him to be hand-selected to serve in elite VQ – 4 Squadron stationed out of Patuxent River, Maryland and the Helicopter Air-Submarine Light FOUR TWO Squadron stationed at Mayport, Florida. He embodied the valor, dedication, fidelity and superior knowledge that made him the epitome of the squadron’s slogan, “The Proud Warriors.”
With over 17,000 hours of flight time during his career, Bozeman was a recipient of double flight wings–gold and silver–for flight service, The Navy Accommodation Medal, The Vietnam Accommodation Medal and seven Navy bronze stars, along with multiple outstanding conduct awards.
Bozeman was the son of Mary E. and Bronson B. Bozeman. He married Frances E. Higdon, of Ocean Isle Beach, on June 8, 1958. At the time of his transition, the two had been married for 57 years. They had one daughter, Pamela L. Bozeman, MBA, MA, and doctoral candidate at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, Arizona. He was grandfather to Clayson L. Stewart and Jason C. Stewart, both of Pensacola, Florida. He was a great-grandfather to Jaeden, McKenizie, Samantha, Jason Jr., Katelyn, Clayson Jr., Ainsley and Alexander. He is also survived by his twin brother, Calvin B. Bozeman, of North Branch, Minnesota; sister, Lorraine B. Norris, of St. Paul, Minnesota; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Howard and Peggy Higdon of Currie. His other family and friends are too numerous to list, but he loved, laughed and relished the company of each one.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Arnette, of Seaboard.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, at Brunswick Funeral Service Chapel, Shallotte, with military honors. Interment will be held at Mintz Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial gifts can be made in his name to the building fund at Old Shallotte Baptist Church.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Brunswick Funeral Service.
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