William J. Mosher was born in New York in 1922. In Rye his family lived on Pleasant Ridge Road and were members of Christ Church. William served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
10TH MIDSHIPMAN CLASS. OPERATIONS, COMMUNICATION OFFICER, USS WILKES DD-441. EARNED 5 BATTLE STARS. ON STAFF TRAINING COMMAND, PACIFIC. COMMUNICATION OPERATIONS, CARRIER SPECIALIST. COMMUNICATION/OPERATIONS OFFICER USS WICKES DD-441, NORTH ATLANTIC, MEDITERRANEAN, SOUTHWEST PACIFIC. 5 BATTLE STARS. STAFF TRAINING COMMAND PACIFIC. KOREAN WAR EXECUTIVE OFFICER, PORT DIRECTOR OFFICE LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA.
Rye Ensign Present at Sicilian Invasion
Ensign William Mosher didnt have much time to be scared during the invasion of Sicily, he told his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel N. Mosher, 6 School Street. Home on a brief leave, he said he was too busy to be scared. We saw as much shooting as anyone. It was the best Fourth of July you ever would want to see. In fact, it was a beach party, but not the kind you think, and every darn wave made it that much harder. The Italians fought as well as they
could with what they had. It seemed to me they fought as well as any other soldier. Sometimes they were P-etty spirited. Describing conditions in Sicily, he said the island was as good as could be expected considering the bombing it had received. Its very brown and not very attractive and just looks like any other place. But the best swimming I ever had was in the Mediterranean. Its very blue and salty. Cigarettes and candy are decidedly
scarce over there, Ensign Mosher said. The civilians wouldnt put up with what the boys in North Africa
have to stand for. Coming home gives you the feeling that the people around here dont know theres a war on.
Ensign Mosher is twenty-one years old and entered the service following his graduation from Mass. State College last year. He is now in charge of an anti-aircraft crew on board ship and also instructor of the gun crew. A graduate of Harrison High School, he was trained at Notre Dame University and he received his commission from the Midshipman School at Northwestern University, and had advanced training at Norfolk, Va.
Friday, August 27, 1943 THE RYE CHRONICLE
William John Mosher William John Mosher, 87, died June 1, 2009. Born in Harrison, New York, he moved to Bra- denton in 1983 from Buf- falo, New York. U.S. Navy Veteran during World War II and Korea and was a retired Lt. Com- mander, a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Bradenton, former Claims Manager for Lib- erty Mutual Insurance Co. in Buffalo New York. Member of U. S. S. Wilkes Association, S A E Fra- ternity, and a graduate of University of Massachu- setts, class of 42 at Am- herst, MA. Survived by wife, Louise of Bradenton; son William John, Jr. of Hunt- ington Beach, CA; daugh- ters, Elizabeth Preston of Signal Hill, CA, Ann MacGregor of Alpine, AZ, Margaret Rising of Hunt- ington Beach, CA; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren. Services will be held in New York. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crema- tory 43rd Street Chapel 604 43rd Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209 in charge.