J1241

Commending Charles H. Van Deusen, Jr. posthumously upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal

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J1241



Senate Resolution No. 1241

BY: Senator JORDAN

COMMENDING Charles H. Van Deusen, Jr. posthumously
upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of
a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an
individual by the New York State Senate

WHEREAS, Members of the Armed Services from the State of New York,
who have served so valiantly and honorably in wars in which this
country's freedom was at stake, as well as in the preservation of peace
in peacetime, deserve a special salute from this Legislative Body; and

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Charles H.
Van Deusen, Jr. posthumously upon the occasion of his designation as
recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an
individual by the New York State Senate, to be presented at the Columbia
County Honor A Veteran Ceremony on Monday, April 22, 2019; and

WHEREAS, The New York State Senate Liberty Medal was established by
Resolution and is awarded to individuals who have merited special
commendation for exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts on behalf of
their fellow New Yorkers; and

WHEREAS, Charles Henderson Van Deusen, Jr. was born to Charles and
Magdalena (Spath) Van Deusen on November 15, 1914, in Livingston, New
York; in 1933, he graduated from Hudson High School; and

WHEREAS, After working as a machinist, Charles H. Van Deusen, Jr.
entered the United States Army on June 1, 1942, in Albany, New York;
after qualifying as a marksman with the M-1 in basic training, he became
an Air Operations Specialist and was assigned to the Army Air Force; and

WHEREAS, On October 16, 1942, Corporal Charles Van Deusen, Jr. was
assigned to the 11th Army Air Force in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, as
a machinist with air ground crew and runway maintenance at Kodiak and
Dutch Harbor; and

WHEREAS, Corporal Charles Van Deusen, Jr. returned to the United
States on November 6, 1944, and was assigned to the 4000th AAF Base Unit
at Paterson Field, Ohio, where he was honorably discharged on October
27, 1945; and

WHEREAS, For his courageous service during World War II, Corporal
Charles Van Deusen, Jr. was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon
w/ Bronze star and the Good Conduct Medal; and

WHEREAS, Upon the completion of his military service, Charles H. Van
Deusen, Jr. returned to his hometown and married Doris Anderson in May
of 1948 at Christ Church in Hudson, and together, they raised two
children, Neal and Allyn; and

WHEREAS, For many years, Charles H. Van Deusen, Jr. was employed by
Gifford-Wood Co., where he served in several roles including machinist,
personnel manager and then personal assistant to his boss, Ben Gifford;

in 1960, he began working for Van Tassel Tool Company in Hudson, a
position he held until he officially retired in 1978; and

WHEREAS, Devoted to his community, Charles H. Van Deusen, Jr. was an
active member of the Hudson International Rotary, Hudson Elks 787,
Hudson Mystics Athletic Club, and the Hudson Columbia Golf and Country
Club; he was also a warden for Christ Episcopal Church; and

WHEREAS, Charles H. Van Deusen, Jr. passed away on August 2, 1982,
at the age of 67, and was buried in Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson; and

WHEREAS, Residents of this great State must never forget the courage
with which these men and women served their country, and must recognize
that no greater debt is owed than that owed to those who gave their
lives for their beloved Nation and to those who continue to be missing
in action; and

WHEREAS, Having exhibited his patriotism both at home and abroad,
commending Charles H. Van Deusen, Jr. demonstrated his love for his
country and merits forevermore, the highest respect of his State and
Nation; and

WHEREAS, Our Nation's veterans deserve to be recognized, commended
and thanked by the people of the State of New York for their service and
for their dedication to their communities, their State and their Nation;
now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Charles H. Van Deusen, Jr. posthumously upon the occasion of his
designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed
upon an individual by the New York State Senate; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the family of Charles H. Van Deusen, Jr.

actions

  • 24 / Apr / 2019
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 30 / Apr / 2019
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 30 / Apr / 2019
    • ADOPTED

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