Osmon Ramsey, born September 21, 1926 in Columbus Ohio, passed away recently. Osmon joined the Army reserves during high school. Once he graduated, he was ordered to duty upon turning 18 and thrust into World War II. The teenager trained in the Philippines, serving with the 24th Infantry division which saw action throughout the Pacific theater and was eventually part of the occupation forces that kept the post-war peace in Japan. Osmon’s 30-year military career on active duty and in the Army Reserves spanned three major wars from 1943 to 1973. His duties ranged widely from the infantry to the Counterintelligence Corps, to civil affairs, to psychological warfare units.
Osmon was a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff college at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, and ended his military career as an instructor at the U.S. Army Reserves center in Allentown, PA. He retired as a Major.
Osmon always had a dual career because he served in the Reserves as well as federal and private employment. After active duty, he enrolled at Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Conservation. A year later he joined the Ohio Academy of Science as a charter member.
Osmon continued to serve his country as a civilian. He was hired by the Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife in Ohio as a Game Management agent, then served at the Bureau of Land Management in Montana. He was transferred to the Division of Wildlife with the Department of Interior, and then returned to the Bureau of Land Management as a landsman in Elko, Nevada. He then transferred to the Corps of Engineers in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, where he retired from civilian life in 1978.
During his professional career, Osmon was a member of the Wildlife Society, Mammalogy Society, American Foresters, American Society of Farm and Rural Appraisers and the Northeast Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
Osmon, truly a member of this country’s Greatest Generation, died in his sleep surrounded by his children. He is survived by four generations of Ramseys.