State Sen. Terrence Murphy honored 17 veterans this week by inducting them into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame, and Peekskill residents Doug Ferguson and Charles Chester Moshier Jr. were among them. On this Thanksgiving, residents can take pride and give thanks that two of their own have made such a positive impact on his fellow man.
Born in Jamaica, Queens, Doug grew up with three sisters and two brothers and, in 1972, he enlisted in the Air Force. He served in England, Germany and throughout the United States.
A military policeman, he eventually earned the rank of staff sergeant. Upon being honorably discharged in January 1987, he returned home and devoted his time to improving the lives of veterans. He works at the Montrose VA and is particularly proud of the work that he has done with Breaking Ground and Patriot Housing to find housing for veterans who have fallen on hard times.
Though he is a Peekskill resident, he is a devoted member of the Valhalla American Legion, Post 1038.
Charles Chester Moshier Jr.
Charles’ family history of military service dates back to the American Revolutionary War when John Peterson—his great great uncle—served in the Van Cortlandt 3rd Westchester Militia. Since that time, all of the Moshier men have served in the United States Military.
Charles was inducted into the Army in 1942 and, after completing his basic training at Fort Dix, he was trained as a quartermaster at Camp Van Dorn, Mississippi, where he achieved the rank of staff sergeant and was a quartermaster platoon sergeant.
His unit was deployed to central Europe, where he was attached to the Army trucking unit famously known as the “Red Ball Express” that saw action at Normandy and the Rhineland. He received the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Service Medal and World War II Victory Medal.
Honorably discharged in December 1945, he worked at the VA Hospital in Montrose before retiring after 25 years. Charles passed away peacefully on Feb. 10, 1999.