James Boso

Sgt James P Boso was assigned to the 459th BG 756th Squadron.

James Parmy Boso

April 1, 2015

Parkersburg News and Sentinel

James Parmy Boso, of Parkersburg, died on March 28, 2015 at Eagle Pointe, after complications from surgery on March 2, 2015.

He was born in Shinnston, W.Va., on June 25, 1925, the son of Parmy Guy Boso and Mildred Webb Boso.

His parents moved to Parkersburg when he was a small child, and he was a resident of Parkersburg the remainder of his life. Jim proudly served his country in WWII, volunteering immediately after Parkersburg High School graduation in 1943 until November 23, 1945. Jimmy, as he was known, was a gunner on the B-24 Liberator heavy bomber "HELL'S BELLE", and flew eight combat missions from Giulia Airfield, Italy (near Cerignola) in early 1945. His rank was Sergeant, 459th Bomb Group, 756th Bomber Squadron, 304th Wing, 15th Air Force, and he was awarded the Victory, European Theater (4 bronze stars), Good Conduct and Air medals for his service to our country.

Jim is survived by his wife of almost 69 years, Betty Pickens Boso. He is also survived by three daughters, Nicky Collins (Tony), Terri Santiago (widow of Dr. Ric), and Judy Boso. He leaves four grandchildren, James Collins (Stacie) of Stoughton, Wis., J. J. Santiago (Jen) of Chicago, Ill., Chris Santiago of Queen Anne, Md., and Peter Santiago (Amanda) of Fairmont, W.Va. He has two great-grandchildren, Christopher Santiago of Queen Anne, Md., and Cecilia Santiago of Fairmont, W.Va. Jimmy also leaves his sister, Lucille Lambert (Wade) of Greer, S.C.; brother, Paul Boso (Mary Lou) of Bradenton, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his father in 1984 and mother in 1999.

Jimmy worked as an accountant for Badger Lumber for about 10 years, then joined First Federal Savings and Loan for the remainder of his career, retiring as vice-president after more than 30 years of service. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, a Mason, graduated from Glenville State College in 1979, earned a black belt in judo, a brown belt in Tae Kwan Do, enjoyed river bank archaeology, Edison record players, antique radios, clocks and watches. After retirement, he worked part-time at the YMCA, volunteered at CCMC and touched the lives of many people. Jimmy always put others first and will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He'll also be missed by his five rescue cats and rescue dog, Bella.

Left Photo - 459th BG, Army Air Corps Library and Museum

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